An airplane is seen on the runway at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) in Manila, March 14, 2016. — REUTERS/ROMEO RANOCO/FILE PHOTO

PHILIPPINE Airlines, Inc. (PAL) on Wednesday said its insurance package for passengers now covers coronavirus-related medical expenses.

The package includes emergency medical evacuation and repatriation, travel cancellation in case the passenger or a family member is infected with the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) within 30 days prior to flight departure, and trip curtailment in case the passenger is hospitalized due to COVID-19, the airline said in a statement.

“Passengers departing from the Philippines and traveling within the Philippines may avail of the COVID Max Protect for maximum coverage during their travel,” it added.

The underwriter is the flag carrier’s program partner Alliedbankers Insurance Corp.

The insurance package includes a medical expense benefit of P1.2 million for domestic travel and up to $125,000 for international travel.

Policyholder must be a minimum of one month old up to 75 years old.

“With the ongoing pandemic, it is important to invest in peace of mind and preparedness,” said Oscar Enrico Reyes, PAL senior vice-president for marketing and sales.

“PAL’s travel insurance with COVID coverage is designed to give our passengers a financial cover against their medical expenses, if affected by the virus. One can select from a variety of insurance packages for their flights,” he added. — Arjay L. Balinbin