France travel disruption expected due to general strike

Added 22/10/2012

Air travel to and from France, as well as rail and other public transport across the country is expected to be disrupted from tonight until Wednesday morning due to a general strike.

30% of flights from Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris are expected to be cancelled. Air France has stated that although it intends to maintain its long haul schedule it expects that some European or domestic flights could be cancelled.

Those expected to take part in the general strike include rail and public transport workers, airline and air traffic control staff, teachers and public service workers. They are striking to protest against the French government’s pension reform plans.

Travel insurance cover for strike action customers who have booked their trip and bought a Gold or Platinum travel insurance policy before a strike is announced will have cover under the travel delay section of their travel insurance in the event that their flight is affected by strike action.

The travel delay section of a travel insurance policy is designed to cover additional expenses, such as extra food and drink, whilst you are waiting at the airport for your flight to depart; it pays a fixed benefit for every 12 hours that you are delayed.

In addition to this, after a delay of 12 hours, you also have the option to abandon your holiday and make a claim for the cost, up to the limit stated in the terms and conditions.

To make a claim under the travel delay section of your travel insurance you must have checked in for your flight at the airport and obtain a letter from the airline or travel company confirming the length and reason for the delay.

Gold and Platinum travel insurance policies from include cover for travel delay.

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