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How the new airport security measures may impact your travel plans

The opportunity to travel is one of life's greatest luxuries. We all want to feel secure when travelling and are used to adopting new rules if it means we can fly in safety. The US government's latest announcement, however,  has caused some confusion. It rules that airport passengers must be able to... Read more

The world's most terrifying airport landings

OK, OK - we'll admit that the title of this article is a little misleading. Air travel is safe - thrilling, high-powered and often awe-inspiring - but safe. However, that doesn't mean that us mere mortals can't marvel at some of the 'terrifying' aspects of air travel, which most pilots probably fin... Read more

Columbus Direct travel insurance kiosks launched at Gatwick Airport

If you’re heading away on your holidays soon and you’re flying from Gatwick’s South Terminal, you may spot a familiar face as you wait for your flight. For the next three months, Columbus Direct will be selling travel insurance from new kiosks in the airport’s main atrium - so if you've forgotten t... Read more

Travel advice: Your insurance and the Istanbul airport attack

The attacks at Istanbul’s Ataturk airport (Europe’s third-busiest airport) have caused some travel disruption to and within Turkey. If you’re in Istanbul and you want to know how your travel insurance can help you, we’ve answered some FAQs below. For more information, please call our customer servic... 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

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

22 fantastic flights you never expected

Frequent flyers may think their aviation knowledge can't be topped, but even the most experienced traveller is unlikely to know that Batman airport is an actual airport in Turkey and only six of Germany's 39 airports generate profit. From weird airport names to mind-boggling figures on delays and c... Read more

The ten strangest items ever seized at customs

If you've ever been caught trying to smuggle a large bottle of perfume or a smelly foodstuff through customs and you've been caught, you'll probably remember the shame. The look in the official's eyes as they found your contraband item. The embarrassment you felt as it was consigned to the bin.Howev... Read more

The ultimate holiday playlist

The importance of a holiday playlist has been drummed into us from an early age; remember all the advice in TV Hits about making compilation tapes before heading off on your holidays? Nothing's changed apart from the medium - these days we've swapped our beloved tapes for Spotify and iTunes - but t... Read more

Cold snap may lead to weekend travel delays

A cold snap heading for Britain could cause travel chaos this weekend, as temperatures could drop as low as -7°C. The bad weather, triggered by snowstorms in the US, could also bring freezing, heavy rain and strong winds. There's a good chance that these adverse conditions could wreak havoc on tra... Read more

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