BA strike causes travel insurance woe

Wednesday, 12 May 2010

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Holidaymakers have been dealt a blow with the news that British Airways (BA) staff are to go on strike following a ballot from the Unite union.

Those heading to the World Cup or going away during the school holidays face massive disruption to their plans, with union members staging industrial action between May 18th and 22nd.

There will also be strikes between May 24th and 28th, May 30th and June 3rd and finally June 5th to 9th.

Bob Atkinson, from travelsupermarket.com, told the Press Association that many travel insurance holders face a chaotic time trying to reach their destinations.

"Thousands of families will have booked their trips well in advance to coincide with the summer half-term school holiday and will have little flexibility, minimal realistic alternatives and will be left disappointed," he added.

Swiftcover customers who purchased our Premier Single Trip or Annual Multi Trip cover before the strikes were announced may be covered under the Travel Delay section of their policies if their flights are delayed.

We will pay £50 after the first 24 hours delay and £25 for each subsequent 24 hour delay up to a maximum of £400 or up to £3,000 for travel and accommodation costs that you cannot recover from elsewhere if it is necessary for you to abandon your outbound trip after a delay in the UK of 24 hours. All amounts quoted are per person.

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