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Eruption in Iceland Slowing

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The ash cloud produced by the eruption of the Grimsvotn volcano has affected air travel throughout parts of Europe.  Many travelers started to compare travel insurance after news of the eruption broke.  However, an article from MSNBC indicates the volcanic activity could be over soon.

Iceland’s volcanic eruption has died down and is no longer spewing out ash, officials said on Wednesday as airlines began to get back to normal after canceling about 1,000 flights in northern Europe.

European air traffic controllers said they expected about 700 flights to be canceled on Wednesday, but Eurocontrol added that traffic in European airspace could return to normal Thursday.

“There were very few eruptions by the volcano over the last six to 12 hours, so the volcano is in a reasonably calm state at the moment,” said Brian Flynn, head of network operations for Eurocontrol. “Assuming that continues, we would expect that the European aviation would be able to return to almost a normal situation within the next 24 hours.”

Those whose travel plans have been impacted by the eruption can be covered by several travel insurance benefits.

Travel delay coverage and missed connection coverage can apply if an airline delay lasts for a set amount of hours.  Travel delay reimburses expenses during a delay, while missed connection covers the extra transportation costs to catch up to the trip.

Trip cancellation and trip interruption coverage may also be available, depending on the plan.  However, this normally requires the delay last for a longer time, up to 48 hours for some plans.

It is also important to check insurance provider statement on the Grimsvotn volcanic eruption in Iceland.  Some companies won’t cover anything caused by the this incident if the policy was purchased after the eruption began.  Also, check whether a provider considers this a natural disaster or weather related event, as this will determine what coverage is available.

Source: European air travel returning to normal after volcano quiets