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3rd April 2009

Flybe steps in to help CI travellers fill emergency healthcare void

Leading regional airline extends travel insurance to cover Channel Island passengers impacted by withdrawal of UK Reciprocal Health Agreement

Flybe, Europe’s largest and most successful regional airline, has extended its Travel Insurance package to cover passengers travelling to and from the Channel Islands that no longer automatically qualify for free emergency healthcare. This follows the ending of the  Reciprocal Health Agreement between the Islands and the United Kingdom on 31st March, which means that the majority of travellers will now have to pay if they need access to emergency healthcare when visiting any of these destinations.

Under the now defunct Agreement that had been in place for over 40 years, those travelling either to or from Jersey and Guernsey to the UK, whether for business or leisure, had benefited from being able to access free emergency health treatment both on the Channel Islands and in the UK.

In its commitment to ensuring travellers’ peace of mind, Flybe’s affordable travel insurance offering through its partner AIG UK Limited, has been extended to cover this shortfall and to reassure visitors that they will not be left out of pocket if they have an accident or fall ill.

Simon Lilley, Flybe’s Director of Marketing, says: “Flybe have always been at the forefront of airline travel insurance sales, being the first in Europe to offer Scheduled Airline Failure cover in 2004, and more recently the first scheduled airline to offer free redundancy cover in January 2009. This again shows our commitment to passenger peace of mind”.

“We need to help keep passengers on the move during these difficult economic times when now more than ever people need to be able look forward to their annual holidays and travel with confidence.”

Andy Juggins, Vice President, Travel at AIG UK Limited added, “We are pleased that we could support Flybe by extending the insurance cover at no extra cost so that their customers benefitted from the same medical cover for visits to mainland UK that they would expect if travelling to foreign destinations.”