easyJet cabin crew threaten summer strike
As easyJet’s British cabin crew threaten to walk out on strike this summer after pay talks between the airline and unions broke down, we’re discussing travel insurance cover for delays due to strike action.
Any strike action by easyJet’s cabin crew could cause disruption to thousands of holidaymakers heading off in search of some summer sun.
Unite is planning to start a strike ballot next week with a result expected by early August, meanwhile easyJet has said that it is confident that it’s flights will be operating to schedule this summer.
What if your flight is affected by a strike?
If your flight is cancelled due to strike action, under EU law easyJet have a duty to provide you with a full refund or an alternative flight.
If your flight is delayed by strike action, EU law states that you have a right to care and assistance, exactly what you are entitled to depends on the length of the flight and the length of delay, but should include refreshments, communications and accommodation if you are delayed overnight.
Travel insurance cover for delays due to strike action
In addition to your airline being obligated to look after you, most travel insurance policies provide cover for travel delay, which becomes applicable if your flight is delayed by more than 12 hours due to strike, adverse weather or mechanical breakdown.
Travel delay cover usually takes the form of a fixed benefit to help you cover additional expenses such as food and drink whilst you wait at the airport.
After a delay of 12 hours or more Gold and Platinum travel insurance from Goodtogoinsurance.com also gives you the option to ‘abandon' your holiday and make a claim to recoup the cost of unused flights and accommodation.
Travel delay and abandonment cover is included on our Gold and Platinum travel insurance policies.
In order to make a claim for travel delay or abandonment due to strike action, you must have booked your holiday and bought your travel insurance before any strike dates were announced.