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Does Travel Insurance Cover Ash Cloud Cancellation?

Latest news suggests thousands of passengers could be affected by the ash cloud from the Icelandic volcanic eruption at the weekend.

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Latest news suggests thousands of passengers could be affected by the ash cloud from the Icelandic volcanic eruption at the weekend.**

For those who are scheduled to fly from, or to airports in Scotland – Londonerry, Edinburgh, Prestwick and Glasgow, as well as northern England airports – Durham Tees Valley and Newcastle and Carlisle, are urged to seek further information on the status of their airline.

The BBC reports 252 flights have been cancelled so far, according to European air traffic controllers – although it is expected flights will be back to normal when the air space is set to clear in these northern regions of the UK by Tuesday afternoon.

Saga is offering advice to travellers who are confused as to how to reclaim their losses on cancelled flights.

They explain if travellers have booked their trip through a Tour Operator, and the ash cloud delayed or prevented their travel either to or from a holiday destination, the tour operator or travel agent is obliged to organise alternative arrangements for them.

If you have travel insurance in place, remember to contact your insurance provider to update them on the changes to your holiday -or anything that could affect your policy.

This is important so you are protected for any days which you are stranded but were not previously covered for – as if you do not contact your insurance company to update them of this they may refuse to pay out if you need to claim on these days.

Despite the problems caused last year, not all insurers have amended their policies to provide additional cover for the closing of air space and cancellation of flights due to the ash cloud. It is important to check your policy before you are scheduled to fly, and compare the market for the best travel insurance to cover these problems.


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