Airlines are bracing themselves for disruption after news that Spanish Airport Authority, Aena, are planning a series of summer strikes. Aena are state-owned and control many of Spainâ€™s key airports.
Union syndicates have confirmed that Aena are planning to strike on a number of dates between April and August (see below for full details). Airport staff are taking the action in protest against government plans to sell off parts of the company.
But what does it mean for your travel insurance?
Well, it depends on when you took out your policy. News of the strikes was announced in the Spanish press on Tuesday night (8th March). More importantly, the UK media has been aware of the news since 8.40am yesterday morning (9th March). Any travellers whose policy was purchased after 8.40am on 9th March will not be covered for the strikes on the dates shown above. But those who purchased their policies before this time will be covered as per the policy wording under the sections for Travel Delay/Abandonment and Missed Departure.
Also, remember that if you do get caught up in the strikes it is the legal obligation of your airline to offer alternative flights as well as compensation for additional accommodation and sundries. Therefore, these elements will not be covered under your policy.
If youâ€™re worried about the industrial action in Spain, keep an eye on our blog. Weâ€™ll bring you the latest news as it develops. And if you have any questions, call our support team on 0845 90 80 161.
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