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Travel worry-free with Pacific Cross

January 25, 2023 - Wednesday 3:01 PM by Carby Rose Basina

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Filipino travelers welcomed the year with several unprecedented events upon their flights. With this, Pacific Cross aims to help ease the burden of travel inconveniences by offering protection against flight delays, trip postponement, and trip termination, among others, through its Travelsafe Plan.

Pacific Cross provides travel insurance coverage for clients who were affected by the disruptions and technical issues in air traffic control at Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) last New Year’s Day. 

“This 2023, we expect more Filipinos will be flying out of town or traveling outside the country.  While this is exciting, there may be unexpected events that can negatively affect one’s trip.  The NAIA incident is an example of where having travel insurance can help travelers manage the stress that comes from meeting the unexpected.  We are happy that Pacific Cross is able to offer benefits and protection that can support clients at such a difficult time,” says Victor Tanjuakio, president and CEO of Pacific Cross Philippines.

A total of 361 flights were either delayed, canceled, or diverted to other regional airports while around 56,000 passengers were affected on New Year's Day. The equipment that provided an uninterrupted power supply in NAIA terminals went offline unexpectedly and failed to connect to Manila Electric Co.'s backup commercial power supply.

As one of the leading medical and travel insurance providers in the Philippines, Pacific Cross understands the burden of unforeseen inconveniences for travelers. As a testament to its commitment to providing reliable and relevant coverage, Pacific Cross offers travel insurance products specially designed to address travel challenges such as missed connecting flights, trip cancellations, or baggage delays.

Aside from these benefits, travelers are also assured of medical coverage (including for COVID-19), as well as emergency assistance benefits such as emergency medical evacuation, repatriation, care for minor children, compassionate visits, and return of mortal remains. Travelers can apply for individual, family, or group coverage, which is also available as the peso, dollar, or euro plans. Pacific Cross is also Schengen-accredited.

Earlier this year, a study by Tangere revealed that five out of 10 Filipinos are ready to travel internationally. According to the Department of Tourism and the Philippine Statistics Authority, more than 37 million domestic trips were made in 2021, a 38.16% increase compared to the almost 27 million taken the previous year.