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Ash cloud causes flight disruption for travellers

Ash cloud causes flight disruption for travellers

Category: Travel insurance

Updated: 26/11/2012
First Published: 24/05/2011

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Travellers left grounded by the drifting ash from the latest Icelandic volcanic eruption have been offered advice to make sure they are not left stranded or out of pocket.

The ash thrown out of the Grimsvotn volcano in Vatnajokull National Park has seen thousands of passengers have their UK flights cancelled or delayed today.

The extent of any possible future disruption is largely unknown at present and dependent on the weather.

The scenes of a smoking volcano and immobile planes are spookily reminiscent of those seen just over a year ago.

Air travel chaos struck most of Europe in April and May last year and UK airspace was shut for six days after another volcano erupted in Iceland.

The widespread disruption highlighted to many travellers first hand the importance of checking the terms and conditions of their travel insurance, and in particular any exclusions.

Despite the chaos seen last year, Saga says not all insurers have amended their policies to provide cover should travel plans be affected by volcanic ash.

In fact, it is pointed out that some travellers are still waiting to find out if their insurer will be paying their claims from the problems from last year.

For those who have booked their trip through a tour operator, but are delayed or unable to travel either to or from a holiday destination, Saga says the tour operator/ travel agent will organise alternative arrangements.

However, in these circumstances, it points out the importance of notifying an insurance company if holiday dates change or are extended as a result, to ensure cover is in force throughout the whole trip.

If you're about to arrange your summer holiday, it is vital to sort out travel insurance at the same time in case unforeseen events, such as those now being played out again in UK airports, throw a spanner in the works.

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