Hurricanes have a higher chance of hitting certain areas of the world. These include the Gulf of Mexico, the Caribbean and the Atlantic coast. Unfortunately, these are also the areas to which people like to travel extensively.A lot of people are unaware that a hurricane may not just damage homes, businesses and other properties, but can also interfere significantly with travel plans including flights. In the event of a hurricane, flight delays and cancellations are quite common.
In the month of October 2016, there was a lot of news about the Hurricane Matthew hitting the East Coast of the United States and travellers were pre-warned. Airlines had prepared to call off flights that were to take off from Florida going up through Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina. On the other hand, cruise lines were rearranging their ship itineraries and several worried vacationers were checking their insurance policies for coverage.
With the threat of the Hurricane Matthew prevailing in the background, a large number of airlines allowed their passengers to shift to later flights without charging any penalty. Of course, each airline has a different policy; however travellers going to or coming from the majority of the Southeast airports could shift to another flight sometime in the following week or something without paying any extra charges (a difference in the fare might have been applicable in certain cases)
For cancellation, a different set of policies would apply but an immediate refund could not be expected.
Planning your travel around hurricane season
The National Weather Service National Hurricane Center (Atlantic region) reports that the hurricane season lasts between 1st June and 30th November.
So if you are planning to travel to any one of the hurricane prone areas during that time, it is best to take some precautions so that you don’t end up losing money on travel and accommodations. A great way to ensure that you don’t lose out on your travel money is to get flight/travel insurance. This will help you receive flight delay compensation. A good plan could also help you receive reimbursement for any interruptions, flight cancellations and delayed/lost baggage.When you are close to your travelling date, make sure to track weather reports and news of flight delays and cancellations. It is now possible to register to receive notifications with regards to flight information from your airline.
BA cancels flights due to Hurricane Matthew
Popular airline service, British Airways, also had to cancel its flight going to the Bahamas in the month of October owing to airport closures. This was due to the appearance of the Hurricane Matthew. A spokesperson from the airline was reported saying that if customers had booked flights to travel to Southern Florida or the Bahamas in the coming few days, they were welcome to make changes to their flights either through their travel agency or by directly calling the airline.In case there is a cancellation of the flight due to airport closure or safety risks, then passengers could claim a complete refund or choose to get rebooked to another flight.