Access America Urges Travelers to Prepare for Expected Summer Flight Delays

FAA Says Delays Will Increase as 200 Million Fly This Summer

RICHMOND, Va., May 27 /PRNewswire/ — A quarter of all airline flights were delayed in the first three months of 2005 and that number is expected to grow this summer according to government officials. Domestic airlines are estimating that they will carry over 200 million passengers this summer and expect significant delays reported Marion Blakely, Federal Aviation Administration Administrator, at a hearing yesterday before a U.S. Senate Aviation Subcommittee. Access America, a leading provider of travel insurance and assistance services, urges summer travelers to purchase travel insurance – especially those policies which cover travel delays and baggage delays.

“A vacation is supposed to be fun, relaxing and filled with memories to last a lifetime. Travel insurance can help protect those vacation memories, even when a long delay or other inconvenience threatens them,” says Beth Godlin, Senior Vice President of Travel Markets at Access America. “Summer travel often involves kids, so parents should plan for the unexpected.”

The Travel Delay benefit offered on Access America Classic and Air Ticket Protector covers additional meals and lodging expenses that may be incurred due to a significant delay. Baggage Delay benefits will typically cover the cost of clothing and toiletries that are needed until your bags can be located.

Access America offers tips to help travelers avoid the sting of long flight delays:

* Take the first flight in the morning
* Leave extra time between connecting flights
* Avoid flying to and from the airports with the worst delays including
Fort Lauderdale, Philadelphia, New York-LaGuardia, Newark, Washington-
Dulles and Atlanta
* Pack ample snacks, diapers and entertainment for the children
* Carry phone numbers of hotels, pet sitters, house sitters
* Purchase travel insurance with Trip Cancellation, Travel Delay and
Baggage Delay benefits

About Access America

Access America provides travel insurance and assistance to millions of travelers each year. As the travel division of World Access Service Corp., a global leader in insurance products and emergency assistance services, Access America uses cutting-edge technology to deliver customized solutions that increase revenue and enhance value for travel agents, travel suppliers, credit card companies and more. World Access Service Corp. is a member of the Mondial Assistance Group, an international leader in travel insurance and assistance with operations centers in 28 countries. Visit http://www.accessamerica.com/.

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