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Storm Dennis: What advice has been given to UK travellers during weather disruptions?

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Yellow and Amber weather warnings are in place across the whole of the UK, as Storm Dennis is forecast to bring heavy rain and strong winds this afternoon causing travel disruptions throughout the nation.

The UK is still reeling from the effects of Storm Ciara, which in some places blasted the UK with 97mph winds.

The storm meant many flights were cancelled across the country, including London’s Heathrow and Gatwick airports.

With the most recent weather reports revealing that easyJet has confirmed 234 cancellations of flights, what do experts advice about the weather disruptions?

The holiday comparison website, TravelSupermarket, has offered advice for those planning to travel this weekend.

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Emma Grimster, a spokeswoman at TravelSupermarket, said: “After the disruption of last weekend, it seems UK travellers have more to come.

“With schools set to break up on Friday for half term, many families will be hoping to get away for a half term break this weekend, perhaps for some winter sun, or even a skiing trip.

“However, with weather warnings already in place, it seems highly likely journeys could be delayed, or possibly in some cases, cancelled.

“Similarly, those planning a romantic Valentine’s city break this weekend could find the ‘course of true love never did run smooth’ as departures are at the mercy of the weather conditions.

“However, there are things you can do yourself to minimise any disruption as much as possible.”

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Keep in touch with your airline

“In the days and hours before you are due to fly, keep a close eye on any updates and advice on disruption to schedules. Check your airline and airport websites, as well as their social media pages for real-time updates.

“It is also worth making sure your airline has your up-to-date contact details in case they need to get in touch with you.”

Plan your journey to the airport

“Assuming your flight is set to go ahead, make sure you give yourself plenty of time to get to the airport, allowing for delays on the roads, or on public transport. Check online for any rail delays or cancellations and listen to local radio for traffic updates if you plan to drive.

“It is also well worth taking a bit of time to make sure your car is ‘winter ready’, at the very least check your fuel level, tyre pressure and windscreen wash, before you leave. Adding a couple of extra blankets, drinks and snacks in the car is a wise idea too.”

Worried about missing check in? Get travel insurance with missed flight cover

“Remember, it is your responsibility to get to the airport in time for your flight.

“Missing check-in because of road conditions or the failure of public transport is nothing to do with the airline and it is within its rights to charge you for a new flight if you are too late to get on board.

“Having an insurance policy with missed flight cover included will give you protection in this situation.”

What if my holiday flight is cancelled?

“If your flight is cancelled, the airline must give you the option of rebooking an alternative flight, or if there are no suitable flights you can request a refund.

“If you are delayed by two hours or more, your airline should also provide you with food while you wait and accommodation where appropriate.

“However, as weather conditions are out of the control of the airlines, they will not be liable for the cost of your onwards accommodation or any other arrangements you have booked ahead.

“Be aware of what your travel insurance policy offers in terms of assistance to claim back any costs incurred.

“For full details of the rules and regulations on delays and cancellations download an app called ‘Passenger Rights’ or check the CAA website which has comprehensive information.”

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