Ash cloud travel insurance update

Wednesday, 01 June 2011

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Holidaymakers should find that needing to make a travel insurance claim due to the volcanic ash cloud is doubtful.

This is because no significant disruption is anticipated between now and the end of the bank holiday weekend, according to the Department for Transport (DFT).

However, if there are any more problems caused by the Grimsvotn eruption, ministers have held discussions with the airline industry, air traffic controllers and the Met Office regarding the volcanic ash.

Transport secretary Philip Hammond said: "The new regime that we have established since last year has already significantly reduced disruption for passengers and airlines."

Mr Hammond also explained that the whole of UK airspace would have been effectively closed if last year's regime was used in the current circumstances.

Test aircraft are now travelling through the ash cloud to obtain knowledge about its density, as the DFT looks to find out as much information as possible to combat the issue.

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