Ryanair launch mile high insurance

Last updated at 14:18 06 October 2003

Airline passengers will be able to buy travel insurance in-flight via a new scheme announced today.

Insurer Primary1 has teamed up with low cost airline Ryanair to sell policies to passengers during flights.

Those using any of Ryanair's routes will be able to buy the cover from a member of the cabin crew. Primary1 decided on the move after learning that fourteen per cent of people who were going abroad did not have any travel insurance.

Under the new scheme passengers will be able to buy the insurance from a crew member, who will provide them with a policy.

They will then activate the policy when they reach their destination by calling a 24-hour UK phone number.

The policy costs £15 per person and offers up to 31 days comprehensive cover in Europe.

John Bibby, managing director of Primary1, said: 'We've launched this insurance with Ryanair to give travellers that all-important last chance to get travel insurance in case they've forgotten.

'Travel insurance really is vital to have. Without it, if you're seriously ill or injured and have to be repatriated, you could face a bill of around £10,000.'

The group said it would be looking to expand the scheme with other airlines if it was successful.

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