Almost 1.5 million travellers may have jetted overseas without insurance in the month leading up to the UK’s second national lockdown.
Analysis of the Civil Aviation Authority’s November International Air Passenger Traffic data reveals that 1,439,268 travellers may have travelled abroad without cover in November 2020.
Travel insurance comparison site Medical Travel Compared, analysed passenger data from all UK airports flying to destinations worldwide during a period where the government advised against all non-essential travel.
Data also revealed 1,914,550 British passengers had travelled during July, August and September, meaning a total of 3,353,818 may have been uninsured during November and these summer months.
The Netherlands attracted 78,905 visitors from the UK in November 2020, despite the country being in lockdown and the Foreign Commonwealth & Development Office implementing essential travel only.
Despite lockdown, British travellers continued to fly to Dubai in November with 69,154 taking to the sky. The United States was also a hot destination for travellers with 65,528 flying in November during the all-but-essential travel ban.
New York was shown to be the most popular arrival airport (12,548 passengers), closely followed by Dallas (9,096 passengers) and Chicago (7,846 passengers).
Tommy Lloyd, boss of Medical Travel Compared, said: “Discovering that over three million travellers may have travelled uninsured in July, August, September and November is very worrying.
“Travel insurance is an essential element of taking a holiday, especially now when the whole world is experiencing the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.”
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Popular lockdown destinations for Brits by regional airports
- Spain and the Canary and Balearic Islands were top of London’s airport departure lists with 97,982 passengers travelling through Stansted, London City, London Gatwick, London Heathrow, and Luton
- Dubai (47,029 passengers), United States (65,528 passengers) plus Istanbul (29,787 passengers) were all popular cities for those travelling out of Heathrow
- Those who travelled from Southend airport were most likely to go to Spain and the Balearic Islands with 856 passengers flying there, closely followed by Portugal and Lithuania
- Scots were most likely to fly to The Netherlands, with 19,845 passengers departing from Aberdeen, Glasgow and Edinburgh airports
- 6,481 passengers departed Belfast for the Spain and Balearic Islands
- Birmingham and East Midlands airports’ number one departure destination was Spain and the Balearics with 19,574 travellers passing through
- Total number of departures from Cardiff were low, compared to other regional airports, with Spain and the Balearic Islands topping the list at 463 passengers
- Liverpool saw 5,727 passengers depart for Spain and the Balearic Islands, more than twice the number of travellers who went to Poland
- More than double the number of travellers went to Spain and the Balearic Islands (214,266) over The Netherlands which recorded 78,905 passengers
- The Netherlands (3,914 passengers), plus Spain and the Balearics (5,941 passengers) were the popular choices for those travelling from Newcastle
- Those travelling further abroad to Jamaica were seen departing from London, with 3,500 passengers recorded from Gatwick and Heathrow
- Manchester saw 31,080 passengers depart for Spain and the Balearics, followed by Qatar with 15,760 travellers
Medical Travel Compared works with more than 30 specialist insurance providers to help travellers compare the best deals from providers offering travel cover for those with pre-existing medical conditions.
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