Many people have experienced the frustration of having their flights delayed or even cancelled and as we head into the winter season the number of flights affected will increase. We thought it would be interesting to look at cancellations of the past and what is the best thing to do should you be find yourself grounded.
We couldn’t write this blog without mentioning Icelandic volcano Eyjafjallajökull, (try saying that three times fast) which caused massive amounts of disruption by spewing ash into the sky and grounding most European flights.
Obviously this one is out of the hands of the flight carriers and there is not a lot that you can do about it. The closure of the airspace left five million travellers stranded around the world. There were some environmental advantages arising from the disruption, between 1.3 and 2.8 million tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions pumped into the atmosphere. Of course, I’m not sure how many travellers would be over the moon about saving emissions if they were looking at being stranded.
Did somebody say snow?
Apart from volcanoes grounding planes, the weather around this time of year is notoriously bad for making travel that little bit more stressful. Last year saw the entire country on snow lock-down. I found myself stranded in Copenhagen for nine days which was a real struggle…no really…ok it was a nice holiday extension and I was staying with friends so there were no worries about hotels or hostels.
But it makes you think what can you do to prepare for these unforeseen events.
What to do?
Well if you have a flight cancelled we would not advise running up to the desk foaming at the mouth and rant about the injustice of not being able to get on your flight.
- If the airline could get you onto a plane they would. It is important to find out the facts of your situation, is the flight delayed or is it cancelled
- Is there another flight available or is there even another destination close to where you’re going – I had to go through this on a flight to New York when there was no space on the plane – they flew me to Boston and I got the bus down
- However, sometimes there is nothing that can be done and you have to take it on the chin. If this is the case ask the airports for local hotels and ensure that you keep receipts and also have a phone number to directly contact the airline
What travel delays have you faced? How did you cope with them? If you have any tips for dealing with cancellations let us know in the comments.