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Delayed in a manger: Six travel insurance tips for Christmas from the Nativity Story

Overcrowded hotels, unsuitable transportation, marauding soldiers, a pregnant backpacker going into labour; we might think that Christmas travel chaos is a relatively new phenomenon, but a brief analysis of the Nativity Story reveals that all the signs were there 2,000 years ago. Just as the three ... Read more

Airspace Reopens

Good news from NATS last night - UK airspace has re-opened: We are delighted to report that most restrictions on UK airspace began to be lifted at 2134 (local time) this evening, following new guidance from the UK’s safety regulator, the Civil Aviation Authority on restrictions to UK airspace as ... Read more

Argentina and Chile order evacuation of Copahue volcano

Residents living near Copahue were also evacuated last year after the volcano eruptedChile and Argentina have ordered the evacuation of some 3,000 people living near the Copahue volcano in the south of their shared border. The authorities in both countries issued a red alert - the highest possible -... Read more

Evacuation and flight cancellations after volcano eruption in Chile

Despite having been dormant for over 40 years, the Calbuco volcano in southern Chile has erupted twice in the space of a few hours. Worried authorities have declared a red alert, and nearly 4,000 people within a 12 mile radius have been evacuated. The popular tourist towns of Puerto Montt and Puert... Read more

Press release: Columbus Volcano Update

Columbus Direct Give Joy To Passengers Halted By Volcano Columbus Direct have provided a little comfort to its customers whose holiday plans have been disrupted by the grounding of flights due to the Icelandic Volcano, offering both trip delay and trip abandonment compensation. While the BBC, amon... Read more

Adonis: Airports could open Tuesday

Transport Secretary Lord Adonis has suggested that UK airports might re-open on Tuesday: Transport Secretary Lord Adonis said Met Office reports of a "dramatic reduction in volcanic activity on Monday morning" meant it might be possible to open airspace on Tuesday if the reduction was sustained. ... Read more

Northern England Flying Returns

The area of the UK whose airspace will be re-opened at 0700 BST on Tuesday does not just include Scotland and Northern Ireland but part of the north of England too.  NATS have declared on their website that the area north of a notional line between Blackpool and Teeside will also have its airspace o... Read more

David Miliband advises Calais route

UK Foreign Secretary David Miliband has advised Britons stranded in Europe to head to Calais to catch a ferry back to England: Mr Miliband told GMTV: "This is an unprecedented situation, it is affecting the whole of northern Europe, so our priority is first, to make the most of the hole in the cl... Read more

FCO Advice

The Foreign & Commonwealth Office has issued advice to British holiday-makers in Europe, in tune with Foreign Secretary David Miliband's comments on GMTV this morning: You should continue to make your way directly to Calais, other Channel ports and other northern European ports. In addition ... Read more

Coaches Sent To Madrid

The UK Government has today announced that it will be sending 100 coaches to Madrid, to pick up Britons stranded there and to transfer them to Spanish ferry ports such as Santander.  Madrid has become a meeting point for British tourists from beyond Europe, as there are flights from beyond Europe to... Read more

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