BUDGET carrier Cebu Pacific (CEB) announced on Wednesday that its insurance product now covers coronavirus-related hospitalization and treatments “to inspire travel confidence” amid the global health crisis.

“Starting Jan. 13, 2022, CEB Travelsure ‘Basic Protect’ becomes even more comprehensive as it now covers COVID-related hospitalization and treatments, on top of up to P2,500,000 medical expenses benefit, in case of an injury or other illnesses, and up to P2,500,000 personal accident coverage during the trip,” the airline said in an e-mailed statement.

It said domestic or international passengers may avail themselves of the insurance product if their trip starts in the Philippines “for as low as P492 round-trip.” The airline’s insurance product is underwritten by Insurance Company of North America.

Candice A. Iyog, Cebu Pacific vice-president for marketing and customer service, said: “As we continue to weather this pandemic, we see to it that (everyone’s) health and safety are prioritized above all else.”

“We know peace of mind is needed now more than ever and we want to provide this to our passengers so they can always fly safe and easy with us,” she added.

Cebu Pacific passengers can purchase the travel insurance when booking flights on the airline’s official website or select as an add-on up to two hours prior to their flight via the “Manage Booking” portal on the website.

“Insured passengers will receive their group policy Confirmation of Cover with the details of the travel insurance benefits via e-mail,” the airline said. — Arjay L. Balinbin