Volcanic Ash from Mount Raung in Bali Leaves Hundreds of New Zealand Travellers Stranded
For the last few days flights have been delayed and cancelled from the Denpasar airport in Bali due to volcanic activities in Mount Raung in Indonesia. The airspace has been covered with volcanic ash and that has stranded thousands of tourists in the popular island holiday destination.
Estimated by an insurance company, the number of New Zealanders to have been stranded in Bali is about four hundred. The insurers are expecting about five thousand claims resulting from the delays.
Natalie Ball, the director of Compare Travel Insurance said that if the travelers have bought their policies before the cut-off date announced earlier by the company than they will be covered for travel, meal and accommodation expenses.
Ball said, "Tourists without travel cover are facing considerable out-of-pocket expenses due to the ash cloud crisis." Adding to that Ball also mentioned that the travelers should avoid additional spending and keep their receipts carefully. But, according to Ball most of the travel insurers will not be accepting claims which are related to the volcanic ash problem in Bali from travelers who purchased the policies later than July 2 or 3.
Volcanic ash is quite unpredictable and it all depends on the wind directions for the air to clear up for regular flight movements.
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