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Ash crisis 'affects holiday plans'

07 June 2011 10:12

Holidaymakers are worried about their holiday plans after the latest Icelandic ash cloud crisis

Holidaymakers are worried about their holiday plans after the latest Icelandic ash cloud crisis

The latest Icelandic ash cloud crisis, although shortlived, had a huge impact on future travel plans of holidaymakers, a survey has found.

The poll by online shopping tool InvisibleHand revealed that over half (57%) of those planning trips this year are worried about booking flights as they fear the possibility of future ash cloud problems.

A total of 9% are re-considering their holiday plans, while a third are planning to avoid flying altogether and a quarter are put off going on their summer holiday.

Out of the 2,031 adults questioned, 10% cited losing money due to flight disruptions as one of the major reasons for changing their holiday plans, while another 10% were concerned about long delays and 5% feared being stranded overseas because of an ash cloud.

Concerns such as these highlight the need for an appropriate level of travel insurance, including adequate cover for any delays.

Robin Landy, founder of InvisibleHand, said: "Summer is already cancelled for some British holidaymakers as people continue to worry about the effect of the ash cloud.

"With last year's major travel disruption caused by Icelandic volcanic eruptions and this year's ash cloud bringing back memories, it seems British holidaymakers are worried again about their holiday plans.

"The risk of losing money and facing big delays seem to be at the forefront of people's minds.

"The majority of Brits who intend to change their plans say they will avoid flying and holiday in the UK instead, or at least leave it to the last minute to book a holiday."