Advice is being issued to those heading abroad for a summer holiday, amid concerns about staff shortages in the travel industry.

A number of airlines and holiday firms have cancelled trips in recent weeks as they struggle to cope with a surge in demand.

That has prompted Advice Direct Scotland to urge local residents to check out the charity's website for guidance on a range of travel issues, such as insurance and how to check their rights if a flight is delayed or cancelled.

Colin Mathieson, spokesperson for Advice Direct Scotland, said: “It’s important that people realise before they jet off on summer holidays that there may be several changes to what they are perhaps used to.

“Brexit has had an impact on the health cover we have when travelling within the European Union.

“People should ensure they have adequate protection in terms of travel insurance and access to healthcare in the unfortunate event that something goes wrong.

“Staffing issues in the aviation industry have also led to delays and cancellations at airports, so people should be aware of their rights around compensation and assistance if they are held up.”

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