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March 13, 2010

ABI advice on British Airways’ strike

by Gill Montia

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The Association of British Insurers (ABI) has issued advice regarding the proposed industrial action at British Airways (BA).

Strikes are planned for the three days from 20th March, and the four days from 27th March, and the ABI reminds travellers that BA is responsible for flight arrangements and should therefore be contacted to discuss the options available.

Travel insurance policies will set out levels of cover but if clarification is needed, talk to the insurer.

Those with insurance in place on 12th March, when the strike dates were announced, may be covered if their flight is delayed, in accordance with the policy terms.

Some policies may pay a fixed lump sum if any delay forces the cancellation of travel plans.

Travel insurance policies taken out after 12th March, the day when the actual strike dates were known, will not provide cover against any delays or subsequent abandonment caused by the strikes, as the event was known when the policy was taken out.

Cover under travel insurance for cancellation will vary. Some policies cover against specific risks, such as illness and redundancy, but not industrial action, while other polices may provide this cover.

The ABI’s director of general insurance and health, Nick Starling, sums up: “Anyone who is likely to be affected should discuss their options with British Airways, who are responsible for flight arrangements, and, if necessary, their tour operator or travel agent.”

He adds: “Customers should check their travel insurance policy, and speak to their travel insurer if they need to clarify the extent of any cover.”

 

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