Travelers across America have been hit with airport service cuts, which affect small-scale airports far more than the larger airports. In the past few years, local airline service and regional airport locations have faced funding reductions and as the airlines have become more and more focused on costs, regional service is being cut due to weak passenger demand when compared to the demand at airports of greater size.
Do travelers using these regional airports need more travel insurance or can they do with less?
Because of the increased potential for flight cancellations and trip delays out of a regional airport, it’s recommended that travelers using these airports have more travel insurance.
The need for trip cancellation and trip delay coverage increases for trips that begin with long drives to the airport, for example:
- A pre-paid, non refundable airport hotel accommodation included in the overall cost of the insured trip for the night prior to flight departure may be covered under trip cancellation coverage (depending on the plan) if the insured must cancel the trip for a covered reason.
- Trip delays due to canceled flights or severe weather can mean unexpected overnight hotel and meal expenses and the hotel may not even be close to the airport!
- A traffic accident on the way to your departure may mean a trip cancellation, which could result in reimbursement for your pre-paid non refundable trip costs depending on the plan.
- A pre-paid, non refundable airport transfer service included in the overall cost of the insured trip may be protected under trip cancellation coverage (depending on the plan) if the insured must cancel the trip for a covered reason.