In what many hoped would not turn into another airline shut down, another volcano in Iceland is forcing flight cancellations due to ash in yet another repeat episode from last year. Iceland’s volcano Eyjafjallajokull sent ash in all directions last year stranding millions of travelers. This year, when news broke out about volcano Grímsvötn, many feared that this would be a repeat experience for many travelers. And let’s face it, the time could not be worse. May and June happen to be the beginning of the busiest travel season of the year (see chart).
So far, 250 flights have been canceled Tuesday mainly disrupting flights in Scotland and Northern Ireland. Thousands of travelers were displaced due to the British National Air Traffic Service (NATS) restrictions in both Glasgow and Edinburgh.
Winds are carrying the ash to farther distances and Germany is next on the list with predictions that the ash will be in the air as early as Tuesday evening. The weather service is monitoring ash concentration and is expecting between 0.2 and 2.0 miligrams of ash per cubic meter of air in Germany. Airline regulators are assuring passengers that this volcano eruption will not be as devastating as last year since preventative measures have been taken. That being said, flight delays are expected in other areas depending on the wind patterns including in parts of Scandinavia.
If you are planning to travel to or from Europe, you may be concerned about flight cancellations due to ash. The RoundTrip International plan is designed to provide you with cancellation insurance coverage in case the unexpected happens and you need to cancel your trip. Because the volcano has already erupted, you would need to purchase the option to cancel for any reason which would allow you to cancel the policy in case you cannot make your trip. The Round Trip Choice offers trip cancellation, trip interruption, emergency medical evacuation, repatriation of mortal remains, accidental death and dismemberment, and other incidental coverage and services for persons traveling outside their home country. Don’t let flight cancellation due to ash force you to lose thousands of dollars – plan smart, plan ahead!