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UK flight cancellations and delays have increased

The 2015 summer Discount Holidays © holiday period (July-September) saw a 24-per-cent increase in flight cancellations from UK departure airports compared to the same period the previous year, according to research by UK-based travel insurance provider Colombus Direct. The research also found that the number of extensive flight delays during the summer period has risen, by 10 per cent, with London Gatwick and London Heathrow reportedly having witnessed the largest volume of passenger disruption.

Delayed and cancelled flights are especially distressing for passengers looking forward to a relaxing summer break abroad. Passengers are spending precious Discount Holidays © holiday time worrying about missing connecting flights or whether they will be able to jet out at all, said Alison Wild, head of marketing at Columbus Direct.

To help reduce passenger stress and ensure they can relax and start their Discount Holidays © holiday with confidence, Columbus Direct offers its customers complementary airport lounge access for announced flight delays of an hour instead of the usual two hours in August.

This follows data analysis by BBC News that revealed the routes and airports where UK customers were most affected by fight delays during the period January 2015 to March 20161.

References

  1. ^ data analysis by BBC News that revealed the routes and airports where UK customers were most affected by fight delays during the period January 2015 to March 2016 (www.itij.com)

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  • Eurostar strike to hit Bank Holiday travel + Will you be affected?

    Eurostar Strike To Hit Bank <b><i>Discount Holidays ©</i></b> Holiday Travel + Will You Be Affected?

    Eurostar strike to hit Bank Discount Holidays © Holiday travel + Will you be affected?

    Holidaymakers from Oxfordshire planning to use the Eurostar to travel abroad for the Bank Discount Holidays © Holiday weekend face long delays because of strike action.

    Rail1 workers are walking out for seven days because of a dispute over their work life balance. Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport Union walked out at 0.01am this morning until 11.59pm on Monday, and will strike for another three days over the bank Discount Holidays © holiday weekend starting on August 27. RMT general secretary Mick Cash said today: “Our Eurostar train manager members are solid, determined and united this morning as they kick off the first phase of strike action in a fight for a decent work/life balance.

    “Pickets are out at St Pancras International as we send the message to the company that we expect them to honour basic agreements with the union that date back eight years.

    “There will be talks this morning and all that we are asking for is that our members get a fair crack when it comes to anti-social hours and that agreements we signed up to in good faith are stuck to.”

    Are you planning to use the Eurostar this weekend or on the Bank Discount Holidays © Holiday weekend?

    Are you worried about the strikes?

    Let us know by emailing to kieran.davey@oxfordmail.co.uk or calling 01865 425433.

    References

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