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Claim compensation for your delayed summer flight

According to new research by flightright.co.uk, as many as one in five flights leaving the UK were delayed this summer - but passengers can still claim compensation from the airlines they travelled with. Flights from Gatwick to Spain were the worst affected, and people travelling to Barcelona affec... Read more

Enjoy free lounge access if your flight’s delayed

There’s nothing worse than sitting around the airport when your flight’s delayed. The crowds, the lack of space and the uncertainty of when your flight’s due can lead to rocketing stress levels - and we think that’s unacceptable. So, if you buy a travel insurance policy with Columbus Direct, we’ll ... Read more

How you can claim if your flight is delayed or cancelled over the Christmas period

Barring illness abroad or losing their passport, a traveller’s worst nightmare is arriving at the airport and seeing signs saying 'Delayed' or, even worse, 'Cancelled'. Not great at any time, but potentially horrendous, especially if you’re travelling to see friends or family for the Christmas break... Read more

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

Easter flight delays: Columbus Direct offers customers free lounge access

We can’t wait for the upcoming Easter holidays - and we bet that you can’t, either. Will you be planning on exploring a new city, making the most of the last few days of skiing, or sunning yourself on a beach? Either way, the Easter break is a great opportunity to unwind. Whether you’re heading awa... Read more

Airport lounge access made easier for families facing delays over half term

If you're travelling with your family, especially if you have small children, flight delays can put a dampener on what should be a cheerful start to your holiday. That's why we've decided to reduce the threshold for our airport delay benefit to just one hour, instead of the usual two hours, during ... Read more

Double misery for travellers heading to France this week

If you're travelling to France this week, there's a chance you could fall foul of French air traffic controller strikes and new passport checks. The Telegraph reports that up to half of the flights between France and Britain could be cancelled as the SNCTA, France’s largest air traffic controllers’... Read more

Less than one third of air passengers are claiming for flight delay compensation

New research from money.co.uk has shown that 30% of air passengers aren’t claiming for compensation after flight delays. The study has claimed that 70% of people surveyed about their flying habits admitted they didn’t know they could claim compensation - and plenty of people though the maximum amou... Read more

I don't bee-lieve it! Bee causes flight delays after getting 'trapped in instruments'

Passengers flying from Dublin to Southampton had an un-beelievable journey at the weekend when their plane had to turn back after ten minutes - due to a hapless bee getting stuck in the aircraft's instruments. Ten minutes into the flight, the crew noticed that the aircraft was struggling to give re... Read more

UK flights face disruption after London airspace closes

Flight delays are predicted this evening. A computer failure at the UK's air traffic control centre means that all flights have been grounded and passengers are facing widespread disruption.While most travel insurance policies include cover for Travel Delay, the cover is normally only provided wher... Read more

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