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ABI issues guidance for travellers

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An umbrella insurance group has issued guidance for would-be travellers in the light of the announcement of impending strike action by British Airways (BA) cabin crew.

The Association of British Insurers (ABI) said that if the planned strikes for the three days from March 20 and the four days from March 27 go ahead, BA is responsible for flight arrangements, so customers should contact them to discuss the options available.

The group added that travel insurance policy will set out what you are covered for. ABI advised asking for clarification from your travel insurer if it is needed.

If your flight is delayed you may be covered by your travel insurance policy if it was taken out before Monday, March 15, the date on which industrial action details were announced. Some policies may pay a fixed lump sum if any delays force you to cancel your travel plans.

ABI said travel insurance for cancellations will vary. Some policies cover against specific risks, such as illness and redundancy, but not industrial action, while other polices may provide this cover.

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