Emirates Clears Over $1.7 Billion in Refund Backlog

Published November 26th, 2020 - 07:30 GMT
Emirates Clears Over $1.7 Billion in Refund Backlog
Of the Dh6.3 billion sum, Dh4.7 billion was refunded to customers who had booked directly with the airline, and the remainder Dh1.6 billion was returned via travel agencies. (Shutterstock)
Highlights
Dubai-based carrier dedicated 110 personnel to process ticket refund requests from customers affected by Covid-19 travel restrictions.

Emirates on Wednesday said it has completed a massive backlog of refund requests from the airline's customers caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, returning Dh6.3 billion in refunds since April.

The Dubai-based carrier said it received, validated and processed nearly 1.7 million refund requests in the past seven months.

Of the Dh6.3 billion sum, Dh4.7 billion was refunded to customers who had booked directly with the airline, and the remainder Dh1.6 billion was returned via travel agencies.

“Thanks to the efforts of our refunds and customer service teams, the support and co-operation of our partners, and the understanding of our customers, Emirates has now cleared our backlog of refunds. We still have higher volumes of refunds and flight coupon change requests compared to pre-pandemic times, but we now have the capability to manage these within a 7-day turnaround,” said Sir Tim Clark, president of Emirates airline.

Emirates said it managed over 130,000 refunds-related queries from customers and travel agency partners and made status changes to nearly four million flight coupons.

The carrier had massively increased its workforce at the peak of its refund project, dedicating 110 personnel to validate and process refunds requests.

“In the early months of 2020, Covid-19 massively disrupted travel around the world and led to an unprecedented volume of refunds requests across the aviation and travel industry, including at Emirates. It was not a situation any airline wanted, particularly while also facing a cash crunch from drastically reduced operations. Through those difficult months, as we dealt with the impact of the pandemic on our business, we’ve never lost sight of our commitment to our customers,” said Sir Tim Clark.

Early this week, the airline offered its customers a multi-risk travel insurance and Covid-19 cover, at no charge, on all tickets purchased on or from December 1, 2020. In addition to Covid-19 medical cover, this new generous offer from Emirates also has provisions for personal accidents during travel, winter sports cover, loss of personal belongings, and trip disruptions due to unexpected air space closure, travel recommendations or advisories, similar to other multi-risk travel insurance products.


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