More strikes in Italy and Portugal threaten to disrupt holiday flights

By , June 22, 2012 1:03 pm
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As austerity measures continue to have an impact across Europe two more strikes are announced that threaten to disrupt our hard earned holidays this summer.

Italian airport handling staff are striking today, 22 June, causing delays and flight cancellations at Milan Linate, Milan Malpensa and Venice airports.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office has told passengers who are due to fly to or from these airports to expect delays and/or cancellations and have recommended that passengers check with their airline before travelling. Other airports in Italy appear to be unaffected at the moment.

Easyjet have announced that they have been forced to cancel 14 flights to and from Milan Malpensa and have warned of possible disruptions on services to Venice.

You may also be affected by strike action if you are flying to Portugal in the next few weeks. Unions representing Portuguese air traffic controllers have announced that their members will be taking part in strike action from 29 June to 3 July.

British travellers who are planning to travel to Portugal during this time should be aware that their travel plans may be affected. The Foreign and Commonwealth are advising British Nationals who are travelling to Portugal to stay in touch with their tour operator or airline for the latest information.

If your travel plans are affected by strike action you should be covered under the travel delay section of your travel insurance policy, so long as you booked your holiday and bought your travel insurance before the strike dates were made public.

The travel delay section of a travel insurance policy is designed to help you cope with the cost of additional expenses whilst you are waiting at the airport. There is generally a fixed benefit payable for every 12 or 24 hours which you are delayed – this will vary with different policies so you should check the terms and conditions of your own travel insurance for full details.

Many travel insurance policies also give you the option to ‘abandon’ your holiday after a delay of 12 or 24 hours. This means you can choose not to travel on your holiday and make a claim to recoup the cost.

As well as providing travel insurance cover for strikes, the travel delay section of a travel insurance provides cover if you are delayed due to adverse weather or mechanical breakdown. For more information see the terms and conditions of your own travel insurance policy.

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