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Airline Mergers Lead to Spike in Flight Delay

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Summer vacation is in full swing and families are flocking to airports to squeeze in weekend getaways. With the luggage checked and itineraries set, the last thing travelers want to see is “DELAYED” plastered across the flight status screen.

With several airline mergers occurring over the past few years, there has been a spike in delayed flights. According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, it took United two years to take complete control of United Continental operations.This delayed a quarter of their flights on the actual turn-over day.

Delays can be under an hour or lead to an unexpected overnight in the airport, either way leaving travelers inconvenienced. What many people don’t realize is that travel insurance can help keep travelers comfortable and prepared for unanticipated delays.

According to the NY Times, there has been discussion of another merger between US Airways and American Airlines. American filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection last November and the airline’s unions are in full support of the merger. The American CEO is holding off on making any decisions for now, but most think it is only a matter of time before the inevitable merger takes place.

Travel delay benefits can help cover the associated costs of longer delays, such as food and accommodations. For more information on travel delay benefits be sure to check the policy’s certificate.