£5 single trip and £10 annual add-on for ash clouds

Aviva has responded to the Icelandic volcano ash cloud by launching an add-on to its direct travel insurance policy from 1 June costing £5 for single-trip policies and £10 for annual cover.

Existing customers can buy this add-on direct from Aviva and the insurer will be contacting customers to let them know.

Jerry Finch, travel manager, at Aviva said: "We have broadened our insurance cover beyond the impact of volcanic ash on flights to include any reason for airspace, port or airport closure.

"This would include examples such as: terrorism, prevention of terrorism or even a pandemic situation, such as bird flu.”