Travel insurance: Volcanic ash causes UK flight chaos

Friday, 16 April 2010

Ash from a volcano that has erupted in Iceland is causing flight chaos to holidaymakers in the UK.

Passengers should check that their travel insurance policy covers any flight cancellations that may occur as a result of the volcanic eruption, which has led to clouds of ash spreading across Europe.

The Air Traffic Control Service (Nats) imposed restrictions on flights after the Met Office warned that engines on planes could be damaged by the ash.

All Scottish airports have been closed and only select flights are leaving from airports in the north of England, including Manchester, Liverpool and Newcastle.

Delays or flight cancellations are also occurring at Birmingham airport and London Stansted.

All domestic flights with British Airways have been cancelled today (April 16th), which has affected flights from London Gatwick, Heathrow and City airports.

Recent research conducted by found that Britons will be taking fewer holidays this year but spending more each time they go away, which could mean that the airport closures affect fewer travel insurance policyholders than usual.

View related volcanic ash advice from Swiftcover about travel insurance cover.

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