The August bank holiday is set to be a dreary one with predicted travel delays for holidaymakers adding to the gloom.
The UK’s major airports are expecting their highest number of travellers this weekend, and with strikes planned from 7pm today until 7am on Sunday it is not yet known how many flights will be affected.
Those due to fly over the bank holiday weekend should check flight cancellations with their airline before leaving home and heading to the airport. It is important to note, strike action that has been announced before you are due to leave for the airport will not be covered by most travel insurance policies.
Rail networks, including Northern Rail and Virgin Trains are also expecting delays this weekend. A strike is due to take place on Saturday affecting Northern Rail with closures at London’s Euston station, and there will be disruption on lines between Birmingham International and Coventry plus lines between Sevenoaks and Tonbridge. Bus replacement services will be in place between Sevenoaks and Tonbridge, but passengers are being warned of severe delays.
Holidaymakers heading away for the weekend by road should be aware of the high volumes of traffic expected on Friday and Saturday, especially on the M25 and M5/M4 junction for those heading to Devon and Cornwall.
Delays driving to airports are also expected, so holidaymakers are advised to leave plenty of time to allow for traffic. Missed flights due to traffic delays are not generally covered by travel insurance, however some policies will cover the cost of alternative transport for unexpected traffic delays that were not announced before you left home.
Those travelling to Venezuela or the surrounding areas, including Trinidad and Tobago and the Caribbean, this weekend should be aware that the country has been hit by two earthquakes in the last few days, one of which was the strongest since the 1900s. No one has been injured but buildings have been damaged and many locals have been left without power. Officials are advising those in the area to monitor local media and remain vigilant. If your accommodation has been affected contact your travel agent or tour operator, however if you have booked your holiday independently check your travel insurance for Force Majeure cover.
A hurricane with speeds of over 150mph is heading for Hawaii leaving many islands vulnerable. Hurricane Lane is currently making its way over the Pacific and the state is under Hurricane Watch. Holidaymakers are advised to stay up to date with the latest travel advice.