Unfortunately for travellers, growing traffic levels at airports worldwide have combined with extraordinary weather events to increase the chances of your luggage going missing
Sydney, NSW (PRWEB) May 03, 2011
Even though baggage handling technologies have significantly increased over time, the success rate of these technologies has been recently compromised by natural disasters and flight disruptions according to Travel Insurance Direct, a leading online Australian insurance provider.
Recently the insurer announced that luggage loss in 2010 had significantly increased for the first time in three years. The cause of the upturn in missing baggage was primarily due to disruptions to flights caused by the Icelandic volcano eruption and unprecedented blizzards across North America & Europe.
Ian Jackson General Manager at Travel Insurance Direct said throughout the world’s airports almost 30 million bags were misguided or mishandled throughout 2010, a 17 percent increase from 2009.
Furthermore he commented:
“Unfortunately for travellers, growing traffic levels at airports worldwide have combined with extraordinary weather events to increase the chances of your luggage going missing,” Mr Jackson said. “Until recently, airports had been making excellent improvements in their baggage handling processes and technology, but luggage loss is now on the increase again.”
Recently affirmed by the SITA (Specialists in air transport communications & IT Solutions) Baggage Report. The 2011 report found that amount of mismanaged luggage increased from 11.38 per thousand in 2010 to 12.07.
With over 300,000 flight cancellations in the last year, mainly in Europe due to the volcanic eruption, Mr Jackson expressed that he was not surprised by the outcome of the report.
“Fortunately, the majority of mishandled bags were reunited with their owners within 48 hours, but there were still more than a million items lost last year and never seen again,” he said. “That’s more than 2800 disappearances every day, an increase of 18 per cent over the previous year.”
Lost, damaged and stolen luggage accounted for the biggest single category of travel insurance claims with Travel Insurance Direct. Knowledge from the Travel Insurance team is offered on their website listed at 10 lost luggage tips to ensure your luggage travels as safely as possible when en route to your next destination.
Mr Jackson stated:
“Unfortunately there’s nothing a traveller can do about flight disruptions, but there are still several simple measures travellers can take to reduce the chances and impact of lost luggage,” The most important thing of all is to ensure all luggage is properly labeled and never travel without adequate travel insurance.”
Travel Insurance Direct is the largest online travel insurance provider in Australia with a core focus of making it easier, better, faster and less expensive for Australian's to purchase reliable travel cover. Popular products include Medical Travel Insurance, Business travel cover & Discount Travel Insurance.