Category: Travel Insurance Strike Cover

Airline staff announce 15 days of strikes

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By , February 7, 2013 3:50 pm
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Staff at Iberia, the Spanish airline owned IAG, by the same parent company as British Airways, have announced 15 days of strikes in protest against the company’s plan to make 23% of the airline’s workforce redundant.

IAG have stated that the 4,500 redundancies are necessary to if the Iberia is to survive as an airline.

The industrial action which will be taken by ground staff and cabin crew will take place from February 18-22, March 4 -8 and March 18-22.

Travel insurance cover for strikes and industrial action

If your flight is affected by the planned strike action you may be covered under the travel delay and abandonment section of your travel insurance, so long as you booked your flight and bought your insurance before the strike dates were announced.

The travel delay section of a travel insurance policy usually pays a fixed benefit, anything from £10 to £30 for every 12 hours that you are delayed, after an initial delay of at least 12 or 24 hours.  The benefit is designed to help you cover the cost of additional food and drink expenses whilst you wait at the airport.

Many travel insurance also provide abandonment which would enable you to abandon your holiday and make a claim for the cost after a delay of more than 12 or 24 hours.

 

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Brittany Ferries suspends all services and advise customers to go to Dover

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By , September 24, 2012 2:27 pm
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Brittany Ferries have taken the decision to suspend all of its services to France and Spain as a result of industrial action by staff.

The only service which is continuing to run is the passenger service from Pool to Cherbourg which is operated on their behalf by Condor Ferries.

Brittany Ferries are advising passengers with tickets to drive to Dover or Calais where they have made arrangements with P&O Ferries and MyFerryLink to accept all Brittany Ferries tickets and enable passengers to cross the channel there instead.

There is no need for passengers to contact Brittany Ferries, simply travel straight to Dover or Calais and present your booking reference at check-in to travel with P&O Ferries or MyFerryLink free of charge.

Is there any cover on travel insurance?

The short answer to this is no, because there doesn’t need to be any cover on a travel insurance policy for this type of situation.

In this situation, where a ferry operator or airline cancels a service, it is their duty to offer you a full refund or provide an alternative way for you to reach your destination.

Brittany Ferries have cancelled their sailings and made alternative arrangements at their own cost to enable their customers to complete their journeys.

Travel insurance provides cover for cancellation in the event that you need to cancel your holiday, due to illness or redundancy amongst other things.

If the airline, ferry operator or tour operator cancels your trip, they have a legal duty to offer a full refund or provide alternative arrangements; therefore there is no need for it to be covered by a travel insurance policy.

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Strike disruption to easyJet flights today

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By , August 17, 2012 10:25 am
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Passengers traveling to and from France and Portugal with easyJet are at risk from strike disruption today.

In Portugal, easyJet have advised passengers departing on flights from Porto today to check in online wherever possible because of strikes by ground handling staff at Porto and Faro airports

Whilst in France pilots are starting their second day of a three day strike which has been called over a pay dispute.  French unions have called pilots out on strike from easyJet bases at Paris Roissy, Paris Orly, Lyon , Toulouse and Nice.

EasyJet managed to operate an almost full schedule on the first day of the strike (Wednesday) by drafting in pilots from other bases.

EasyJet have stated today  “We are confident all flights to and from France will operate as scheduled.” It warned of “a small risk there might be some late-notice disruption to flights”.

Hopefully any disruption to flights today caused by these strikes will be kept to a minimum and those people who are affected will only experience a small delay.

However, if you are worried about the prospect of strike action causing flight delays to your holiday plans you should buy travel insurance as soon as you have booked your holiday.

So long as you have bought travel insurance and booked your holiday before any strike dates are announced you should be covered under the Travel Delay section of your travel insurance policy if your flight is delayed by strike action.

Travel delay is usually a fixed benefit to help with additional expenses such as food and drink whilst you are waiting at the airport.

Plus, if you are experience a delay of over 12 or 24 hours you may also have the option to ‘abandon’
your holiday and make a claim for the cost.

If you don’t buy travel insurance until after a strike has been announced you will not be
covered.

This is one good reason why it pays to buy travel insurance as soon as you book your holiday.

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Portugal Air Traffic Controllers Strike Called Off

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By , June 29, 2012 10:12 am
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Great news for travellers to Portugal, the air traffic controllers strike that was due to start this weekend has been called off. The walk out was due to last from today until Tuesday, but thankfully the planned industrial action has been cancelled.

EasyJet said all its flights to and form Portugal will now operate as originally scheduled. It had put in contengency plans to fly into Spanish airports during the strike period.

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More strikes in Italy and Portugal threaten to disrupt holiday flights

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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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7 days of strike action at Stansted set to impact Jubilee weekend

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By , May 23, 2012 11:10 am
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Baggage handlers at Stansted airport are set for 7 days of strike action, starting today which looks set to impact the busy Jubilee weekend, when many UK travellers will take advantage of the extra bank holiday and head overseas.

The strike has been called by the GMB Union who represents the baggage handlers in a dispute over new rosters with their employer Swiss Port.

Strikes are planned at the following times:

  • 24 hours from 0530hrs on Wednesday 23 May
  • 48 hours from 0530hrs on Saturday 26 May
  • From 0530hrs on Saturday 2 June to 0529hrs, Wednesday 6 June

Stansted Airport and Swissport have both stated that they have contingency arrangements in place and plan to operate a full schedule.

Swissport serve the following airlines: Ryanair, Atlasjet, Thomson, Thomas Cook and Belleair.

Passengers who think that their flight may effected should check with their airline.

If your flight is delayed or cancelled due to strike action your first point of call should be your airline or tour operator. You have a contract with them to get you to certain destination at a certain time, if they are unable to do this they are legally required to look after you, this includes providing refreshments and/or accommodation if necessary.

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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Portugal Air Traffic Controllers Strike threaten flight delays

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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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Stansted Baggage Handlers Call off Strike: Great news for travellers!

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By , April 4, 2012 9:15 am
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Good news for travellers getting away for the long weekend: The threatened Easter strike by ground handling staff at Stansted airport has been suspended as talks between the GMB and Unite unions and Swissport continue.

If you are worried about other strikes, such as the upcoming pilots strikes in Spain, disrupting your holiday plans you can find out more about your rights under EU law, and how travel insurance can help with strike action by reading our recent post.

Delays due to strikes: Travel insurance cover & your rights

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Stansted baggage handlers due to strike over Easter

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By , March 30, 2012 10:54 am
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Baggage handlers at Stansted Airport in Essex have voted for strike action over the Easter Weekend. The GMB Union have announced that 150 of its members who work for the ground handling company Swissport will strike on Good Friday, Easter Saturday and Easter Sunday due to a row over pay and shift patterns.

Those concerned about their flights being affected should contact their airline for the latest information.

Travel insurance cover for strikes and industrial action

Generally speaking, as long as you have booked your holiday and bought your travel insurance before strike dates are announced you will be covered under the travel delay section of your travel insurance, if your flight or holiday is affected by industrial action. So it’s important to buy travel insurance as soon as you book your holiday, you never know when a strike could be announced.

The travel delay section of your travel insurance policy will usually allow you to claim a fixed benefit for every 12 hours you are delayed, or if you have a long delay eg. Over 12 or 24 hours, you will usually have the option to abandon your holiday and make a claim for the cost. You should check your travel insurance policy wording to see the full terms and conditions.

EU Law and your rights

Depending on the circumstances, European law requires airlines to provide assistance to passengers during delays. This includes catering, communications and overnight accommodation if necessary. If a delay extends beyond five hours, passengers can request a refund if they choose not to travel. If a flight is cancelled alternative flight options should be offered. Where these are unacceptable a full ticket refund should be provided, and in some instances compensation.

For more information on flight delays and your rights visit The CAA website

Keeping up to date on how flights are affected by strike action

If your travel plans are affected by industrial action, a good place to keep up to date with how airports are affected is the Euro Control Twitter page, which posts the latest information on airports across Europe.

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Strikes in Germany today cause delays at Frankfurt and Berlin

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By , March 27, 2012 9:17 am
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According to Eurocontrol, The European Organisation for the Safety of Air Navigation, ground handling strikes across Germany this morning are causing major delays & many cancellations across the country. Airports that are particularly affected are Frankfurt & Berlin.
For more information about how the strike could impact your travel plans contact your airline or tour operator.

If you are delayed by strike action for more than 12 hours, you may have cover under the travel delay section of your travel insurance policy.
To find out more about how travel insurance strike cover can help if your flight is delayed read our post.
Travel insurance and strike action.

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