Delta Air Lines drops additional fees for employees who haven’t been vaccinated against COVID-19
“We’ve been dropping the additional insurance fee from this month due to the fact that we really believe the pandemic has transitioned into a seasonal virus,” CEO Ed Bastian said in a call Wednesday with analysts and reporters. “Any employee who has not been vaccinated will not pay additional insurance costs in the future.”
When Delta imposed the surcharge last year, Bastian said it was necessary because the average hospital stay for an employee with COVID-19 was costing the company $50,000.
Delta is self-insured and sets premiums for its plans, which are operated by UnitedHealthcare.
Airlines have tried to vaccinate staff to help reassure travelers that they will not contract the virus during flight. In the United States, air travel is now back to nearly 90% of pre-pandemic levels.