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Airlines 'need to protect' their passengers

26 January 2009 07:34

Airlines 'need to protect' their passengers

A travel insurance provider has called upon airlines to provide holidaymakers with cover against their potential collapse.

Mondial Assistance claimed that airlines should provide passengers with more protection following the recent slew of airlines falling into liquidation.

Higher fuel charges and global downturn have already put Sterling, XL and many other carriers out of business this year.

And the knock-on effect has been that many consumers have suffered cancelled flights.

Company sales director Ben Smart told TravelMole that some insurance policies provide cover for airline collapses, but added that it is by no means a universal feature of travel insurance policies.

"It is important that airlines meet the needs of their customers by providing comprehensive cover to suit the demands of today’s market," he added.

Earlier this week, holidaymakers were urged not to fly abroad without a full travel insurance policy.

Sainsbury's Finance argued that European Health Insurance Cards do not offer adequate protection for people's needs.