Flight delays are one of the major downsides of travelling overseas by air. While they do not occur often, they can have huge implications for holidays, especially in the peak summer season. Sometimes the duration of a delay is not known while for others, it can be a matter or hours or even a day. Columbus Direct recently revealed Britons waste a combined 28 million hours waiting for flight delays in 2018, equating to more than one million days.
The firm anticipates this will rocket in 2019 with strikes and further delays forecast, including a walkout by budget airline staff at Ryanair.
Yet experts have issued a top piece of travel advice which they say will “solve any delay dismay.”
They state this involves checking pre-bought travel insurance policies to discover a particular perk.
Stuart Lloyd, Travel Expert at Columbus Direct said: “A traveller’s worst nightmare is arriving at the airport and seeing signs saying ‘delayed’ or, even worse, ‘cancelled’.
“Not great at any time, but potentially horrendous if you’re facing endless hours in an overcrowded airport.
“If you do find yourself facing a delay, there are a few things you can do to prepare.
“First, check with your insurer to see if they offer any perks to make delays more bearable.
“Some policies, like Columbus’, come with free lounge access when you’re delayed for more than an hour, so if you have to wait it’ll be that bit more comfortable.”
So for those facing flight delays, at least the wait could be a comfortable one – with free snacks.
Columbus states lounges available on its policies include Club Aspire, North Terminal, Gatwick and Club Aspire, Terminal 3, Heathrow.
They added: “Inside you’ll find complimentary light bites and hot/cold beverages available.
“The most important thing is to know your rights. Depending on the length of wait time and reason for delay, you could be entitled to compensation.
“If you’re worried about your flight, be sure to check ahead of time with your airline.”
Meanwhile, Express.co.uk reported how Ryanair workers will stage a ten day strike in September.
The announcement, sure to cause misery for holidaymakers, will operate across 13 Spanish airports after the budget airline, run by Michael O’Leary, announced the closure of bases in the Canary Islands.
Employees will stage a walkout on 10 separate dates in September – these being September 1, 2, 6, 8, 13, 15, 20, 22, 27 and 28.
The airline, owned by CEO Michael O’Leary, recently announced this closure of its two bases in the Canary Islands, while a third closure in Girona has yet to be confirmed.
Union representatives say they are not prepared to accept the situation, which they believe will involve the loss of hundreds of jobs.