The skies were clear for about a week. No planes whining overhead or writing lines across the sky. The ban on flying was put in place after a volcano near Eyjafjallajoekull glacier in Iceland spewed out a massive ash cloud that was thought to be capable of damaging plane engines. This security measure left people stranded, unable to return to the UK at the end of their holidays. Now the ban has been lifted and planes are flying again, trying to repatriate stranded people as well as take new passengers to their destinations.
There’s talk in the media questioning who is going to pay. The airlines have lost millions of pounds and some of them are saying that the Government should pay. Is that right? Should taxpayers who can’t afford holidays of their own be expected to subsidise those who can afford them?
Passengers have incurred a lot of extra expense trying to get home using other methods of transport. I think travel insurance should pay for that. If it doesn’t, what’s the point of having it? If claims for the results of the ban put up Travel Insurance premiums, then that’s the price of the situation. I don’t think that those who can’t afford holidays should be forced to subsidise those who can.