Portugal Air Traffic Controllers Strike threaten flight delays

By , May 17, 2012 1:41 pm
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Travel insurance for strikes in Portugal

With news of more strikes causing flight delays in Portugal, here’s a reminder of what cover travel insurance can provides for strike action.

Passengers flying in or out of Portugal today should expect to flight delays as Portuguese Air Traffic Controllers start three days of strike action. There is a 24 hour strike taking place today and two more planned for the 24th and 25th of May.

The strikes are expected to result in cancellations and delays for thousands of passengers.

The Foreign and Commonwealth office has advised travellers who may be affected by the strikes to contact their tour operator or airline for the latest information.

Travel insurance cover for strikes

If your travel plans are affected by strike action you should have cover under the travel delay section of your travel insurance policy, so long as you booked your holiday and bought travel insurance cover before the strike dates became public knowledge.

The level of cover for strikes provided by travel insurance will vary from policy to policy, so you should check the terms and conditions of your own travel insurance policy for details. However, in general the travel delay section of a travel insurance policy allows you to claim a benefit for every 12 or 24 hours that you are delayed. You should also get the option to abandon your holiday and make a claim for the cost if the delay exceeds a certain amount of time.

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