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He said postponing his latest trip meant he could only reschedule his flights, which cost around £500

He said postponing his latest trip meant he could only reschedule his flights, which cost around £500

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A councillor who has had holiday plans disrupted three times due to the pandemic has said he won't risk travelling abroad again this year.

Lisburn and Castlereagh Ulster Unionist Alex Swan was supposed to travel to Alicante with his wife in May before postponing the flights to August and now again until May next year.

In March, he also had to cut short a trip to Krakow in Poland as the city imposed lockdown restrictions.

He said last night: "I'll not be buying a suitcase any time soon."

He said postponing his latest trip meant he could only reschedule his flights, which cost around £500.

"Our plan was to stay at a relatives house in Alicante so I do think we would have been safe enough.

"But with the advice not to go it meant that the insurance would have been through the roof if something happened," he said.

"Also you would have to go through Alicante Airport which supplies Benidorm and so forth. I did think I would get to Spain but as the weeks went on and the numbers started to rise I'm not surprised quite frankly.

"I do feel sorry for those people who paid around £2-3,000 to go on a family holiday, but I do hope their insurance covers them."

Belfast Telegraph