AXA has launched Independent Travelers cover, a new option available with its travel insurance.

The new optional extension costs an additional GBP10 for annual European cover. It covers travelers for a number of areas such as problems with flight cancellations or delays, missed connections or the customer being denied boarding.

With a package holiday, the tour operator or travel agent is legally required to make suitable alternative arrangements for such eventualities, but the independent traveler must make and pay for their own arrangements.

Edward Dutton, personal insurance director at AXA, said: We believe that the rise of the Independent Traveler is something that all insurers should be addressing – as the Ombudsman pointed out in his latest report ‘There is clearly a mismatch in what insurers intend to offer and the cover that consumers believe they are buying’.