Travel Insured International, East Hartford, CT – May 22, 2011 - Ash from an erupting Icelandic volcano that has already grounded planes locally could enter UK airspace by Tuesday, forecasters have warned. The Grimsvotn volcano began erupting on Sunday, causing flights to be cancelled at Iceland’s main Keflavik airport after it sent a plume of ash smoke and steam 12 miles into the air.
However experts said the eruption was unlikely to have the dramatic effect that the Eyjafjallajokull volcano had in April last year, when flights were cancelled over the UK and much of Europe for several days.
As of Sunday May 22, 2011, this volcanic eruption is no longer unforeseen. For policies purchased on or after May 22, 2011, there is no coverage.
Travel Insured considers the ash cloud generated from this volcanic event to be adverse or inclement weather. Certain Travel Insured plans offer benefits for some effects of adverse weather. Customers are strongly encouraged to read their Certificate of Insurance or Insurance Policy for details regarding their available coverage.
Travel Insured offers all of our customers immediate access to our Assistance Services for emergency travel arrangements and concierge service. Call toll free in the continental U.S. 1-800-494-9907 or collect 1-603-328-1707 for assistance with alternate travel arrangements or any of your other personal assistance needs.
Travel Insured is closely monitoring the situation. We advise our customers to change/adjust their travel schedules as best they can. Airlines are generally refunding the cost of tickets that cannot be used, or will rebook flights when possible. Some hotels and tour operators will refund their fees if the customer is unable to travel to their destination. The airport situation may change quickly, so please continue to check with your airline and with us at Travel Insured at 1-800-243-3174.
Travel Insured International is based in East Hartford, Connecticut. Coverage is underwritten by Arch Insurance Company (a Missouri corporation, NAIC #11150) with offices located in Jersey City, NJ. Not all insurance products or coverage are available in all jurisdictions. Coverage is subject to actual policy language.