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Free Travel Facility for Medical Passengers on Gulf Air

Travel News Asia 6 April 2005

Gulf Air is offering customers the Frequent Travellers Medical Card (FREMEC), which enables customers who are permanently or chronically incapacitated to travel without obtaining medical clearances every time they fly. The service also retains an up to date report of the passengers medical condition and records each patients specific needs during flight, whether this involves wheelchair use or dietary requirements.

The reservation and travel process is considerably simplified and speeded up because passengers are immediately accepted for travel subject to the stipulations on the card, and no further enquiry is needed, said Tariq Sultan, Vice President Information Technology at Gulf Air. A number of elderly and wheelchair-bound passengers already use this free facility and have found it to be immensely useful and time effective.

The application process is simple. The passengers general practitioner is required to complete the online FREMEC form or a printed form available from all Gulf Air offices. This medical information is assessed and recorded by the Head of Medical Services at Gulf Air before issuing the card. The card is valid for five years and is easily renewed by submitting a form with up-to-date medical information.

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