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Another Greek general strike to affect flights tomorrow


It has been announced that another 24-hour general strike will take place in Greece tomorrow, the 5 October. Public and private sector unions, local authorities, hospitals, air traffic controllers, and some media outlets have announced that they intend to join the industrial action.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) are advising holiday makers and travellers who think they may be affected to contact their airlines for further information about flight timings. Visitors should also consider alternative methods of transport to reach ports or airports in Greece as buses and trains may not be running as expected.Demonstrations are expected and central Athens and the FCO is advising British nationals to avoid large crowds and keep an eye on local media reporting. Road closures can be expected in Athens and are often not announced in advance.

If you think your travel plans may be affected you should contact your airline or tour operator for the more information.

Travel insurance and strike cover

If you booked your holiday and bought your travel insurance cover before the strike dates were announced you should be covered under the travel delay section of your travel insurance policy. This usually means that you can claim a benefit for every 12 or 24 hours that your flight is delayed, this benefit is intended to help cover additional expenses such as food and drink if you are stuck at the airport for longer than expected.

Often, if your flight is delayed by more than 24 hours you have the option with your travel insurance policy to abandon your holiday and make a claim for the cost, up to the limit stated in the terms and conditions.

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