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Travel to the South will include insurance for COVID

Travel to the South will include insurance for COVID

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Travel to the South will include insurance for COVID

Air Canada will offer COVID-19-related medical insurance to Canadian travellers to southern destinations, while the airlines are making every effort to convince the public to return to their deserted aircraft. 

The plan announced by Air Canada Vacations, in partnership with German insurance giant Allianz Global Assistance, will cover emergency and quarantine medical expenses, among other things. It took effect this Monday and is only applicable to sunshine destinations, including Mexico and the Caribbean, at no additional charge.

"This COVID-19 Medical Emergency Insurance Plan is designed to provide the protection and comfort necessary so that Air Canada Vacation customers can once again travel with confidence and enjoy their vacation without worrying about VIDOC-19 medical emergencies," said Chris Van Kooten, Chief Executive Officer of Allianz Global Assistance, in a statement.

Allianz's program provides up to $100,000 per person, per trip, including medical expenses, quarantine accommodation and repatriation in the event of death. It also includes medical emergencies not related to coronavirus.

This new airline strategy comes at a time when airlines are struggling to recover from the severe business shock caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. According to figures recently released by the Canada Border Services Agency, the number of land and air travellers crossing the border between March and August was down by about 95 per cent compared to the same period last year.

The drastic drop in travel volume was accompanied by heavy losses to airlines. Air Canada reported a net loss of $1.05 billion in the first quarter, while President and CEO Calin Rovinescu referred in May in a telephone call to analysts to "the darkest period in the history of commercial aviation".

Government of Canada continues to advise against non-essential foreign travel.

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