United Arab Emirates flag carrier Etihad Airlines has recently drawn flak for charging Filipinos returning home an extra $1,500.
While the travel ban resulted in commercial flights from the UAE to Manila by Cebu Pacific and Philippine Airlines being cancelled until the end of the month, carriers Emirates and Etihad continue to fly to Manila but have added a premium on tickets—$1,500, to be precise.
Capt. Kuba Szymanski, secretary-general of third party shipmanager InterManager, called out the airline, saying the decision was a “disgrace” as seafarers were a constant source of income for carriers especially as the pandemic brought the airline industry to its knees.
Etihad is a key transporter of Filipino seafarers who make up much of the world’s merchant fleet.