Act of God Grounds Holiday Makers

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Restrictions (which will affect thousands) have been enforced by The Air Traffic Control Service, after fears the volcanic plume could damage aircraft engines. Experts have warned that the content of the cloud could include particles of rock, glass and sand, which pose a risk to the safe running of any aircraft that comes into contact with it.

Steve Williams, head of travel insurance at said: 'The situation is incredibly rare and insurance providers will treat the occurrence in different ways. It is unfortunate that there is not one standard approach when an 'Act of God' happens - this will be referred to as catastrophe cover in policies.

Holidaymakers that experience delays, cancellations and costs as a result will need to contact the airline provider in the first instance, who will offer alternative flights and dates where cancellations have occurred.

I advise passengers to keep a close eye on this situation as it is changing very quickly. Expecting a delay at this point would be prudent of travellers and they should take activities and refreshments with them to ensure that a prolonged stay in an airport is as bearable as it can be.'

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