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The British Met Office is warning that travel disruption caused by the eruption of the Eyjafjallajokull volcano in Iceland could continue right into the summer.

There is no way of predicting which way the plumes of ash from the volcano will drift or on what days. A spokeswoman from the Met Office put it this way: ‘We’re all at the mercy of the volcano’. The last time Eyjafjallajokull was active, it continued to erupt for over a year.

Summer holidaymakers will be gambling on a southwesterly wind blowing the ash cloud north towards the North Pole. While this is generally the prevailing wind during the summer period, there are no guarantees that this is what will happen.

This warning will cause further concern to airlines and other sectors of the travel industry who have already seen revenues nosedive during the disruption caused by the cloud.

Travellers are advised to keep up to date with the weather conditions and keep checking the websites of their airlines. We also recommend that you check the cancellation and amendment policies of your travel arrangements to ensure you won’t be hit with heavy penalties should you be forced to make a change.

At ECB Online we give you a full refund as long as you cancel your car hire at least 48 hours in advance.

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  1. Katie says:

    I have just booked my train ticket on the Eurostar for my trip to Amsterdam. I live in the UK, and booked flight’s just after the volcano errupted as I didn’t think the problem would last this long. My concern’s led me to form a back up plan and book a train ticket, as I really dont want to miss my holiday due to cancellation or high risk. It’s fortunate that those going on holiday in the summer have had the time to make other arrangement’s.


  2. Frederick Bartholomew says:

    Which website do you find as the best price for a car rental in the US? Do I have to check all of the major consolidators, and then each independent rental comanies site individually? There must be a faster way to check?

  3. admin says:

    Thanks for your comment Katie. As you said those who have booked holidays in advance at least have the time to make alternative arrangements. However, for families or anyone on a tight budget, flight delays or cancellations could mean they are forced to cancel their holiday.

  4. admin says:

    Hey Frederick,

    Check out ecbonline.com. We’re a comparison website so we compare all of the major car hire providers so you get the best deal out there.

    Just hit the ECB Online link in the blog (it’s underlined) and enter your holiday destination and the dates you want to hire the car for.

    Hope this helps.

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