Airlines operating in the European countries are asking travelers to delay their plans due to the continued flight delays because of an erupting Icelandic volcano. Qantas and Singapore Airlines, two of the largest airlines offering service between Australia and Europe, have indicated that they will offer priority booking to customers who have existing booked flights once air traffic resumes, which is expected to be later this week.
“There is such a stress on accommodation in those ports that we recommend passengers stay home,” the spokeswoman said. An indicator of the backlogged travellers, the hotels in the city of Perth, Australia, are so overcrowded that stranded travelers are being taken 187 miles south to Margaret River, to find vacant rooms.
Qantas and Singapore Airlines both are paying for accommodations for their stranded travelers, but travelers with cheaper travel insurance or no insurance at all are finding they are on their own.
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