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Travel chaos affects millions of Britons

Travel chaos affects millions of Britons

Category: Travel insurance

Updated: 26/11/2012
First Published: 26/07/2011

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Some seven million British holidaymakers have had their travel plans thrown into chaos over the last 18 months, causing widespread disruption.

Research by Sainsbury's Finance has revealed that nearly one in seven of us have suffered holiday problems since the beginning of 2010.

There have been a number of holiday nightmares over the last year and a half, including volcanic eruptions, airline staff strikes in the UK and other European countries and flights cancelled to countries such as Egypt and Tunisia due to political unrest.

The supermarket bank's research reveals that around 1.9 million adults (4%) have had a flight delayed or cancelled as a result of ash cloud issues since the start of 2010, and over 800,000 (2%) have suffered as a result of industrial action.

Almost half a million people (451,000 or 1% of adults) had their holiday delayed, cancelled, or cut short as a result of political unrest in the country where they were on holiday or intending to go on holiday.

Victims suffered an average of two and half days of disruption to their holidays, costing on average £293 each.

However, almost one in ten of those whose holiday was disrupted (798,000 or 11% of adults) were affected for a week or more and some have incurred costs of over £5,000 due to the disruption.

Worryingly, nearly one in three of those who suffered a travel disruption, nearly 2.3 million people (31%), say they didn't have travel insurance for their holiday.

"Travellers have had a tough time over the past year and a half with travel delays and cancellations and many victims have found it difficult to get reimbursement for their costs and are confused about who they should approach if they do suffer from travel disruption," said Scott Gorman, Sainsbury's travel insurance manager.

With millions more people set to jet away from UK shores in the next few months for a well earned break, Britons are being urged to ensure they have proper cover.

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