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Jubilee Strike at Stansted: Travel insurance cover


Ground staff at Stansted airport are set for 7 days of strike action which will start today and impact the Jubilee weekend.The strike has been called by the GMB Union who is representing baggage handlers in the dispute with their employer Swiss Port over changes to rosters.

Industrial action is planned to take place at the following times:

- 24 hours from 0530hrs on Wednesday 23 May
- 48 hours from 0530hrs on Saturday 26 May
- From 0530hrs on Saturday 2 June to 0529hrs, Wednesday 6 June

Both Stansted Airport and Swissport have stated that they plan to be open as usual and operate a full schedule.

Swissport serve the following airlines: Ryanair, Atlasjet, Thomson, Thomas Cook and Belleair.

Passengers should check with their airline if they are concerned that their flight may be affected.

If your flight is delayed or cancelled due to strike action your first point of call should be your airline or tour operator. You have a contract with them to get you to certain destination at a certain time, if they are unable to do this they are legally required to look after you.

Travel insurance cover for strike action customers will be covered under the travel delay section of their travel insurance policy so longs as they bought they travel insurance and booked their holiday before the strike dates were announced.

The travel delay section of your travel insurance policy pays you a fixed amount for every 12 hours that you are delayed. It is designed to help you with additional expenses, such as food and drink, whilst you are waiting at the airport.

Travel insurance from also gives you the option to ‘abandon' the holiday and make a claim to recoup the cost if you are delayed by more than 24 hours. This gives you the freedom to choose not to continue with your trip at this time if you feel the flight delay will eat into your holiday time too much. You can make a claim on your travel insurance to recoup the cost, up to the limit stated in the terms and conditions, then use the money to rebook your holiday for another time.

In order to make a claim under the travel delay section of your travel insurance policy you must have checked in at the airport, or checked in online and travelled to the airport with the intention of travelling as planned. You must also obtain a letter from your airline stating the length and reason for the delay.

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