Imagine you’re all packed and ready for your next big business trip. You grab a cab, head to the airport… but there’s tons of traffic on the road, and when you arrive, you find your flight has been delayed by several hours. In Europe, this is a common scenario, as summer travel is often impacted due to strike action (especially since the COVID-19 pandemic).Planned strikes happen frequently, and can lead to delays—especially if they involve air traffic controllers, public transport workers, security staff, and other travel workers.But there’s no need to worry. As long as you think ahead, you can effectively manage the impact of air strikes, rail strikes, and labor shortages on your travel plans.In some countries, workers are required to give a certain amount of notice before calling a strike, so the good news is, you may know ahead of time when and where a strike is going to take place.Tools like
TravelPerkhelp business travellers get a handle on what’s happening and where—so you can avoid flight cancellations and delays, and easily manage them if they do happen.Read on to learn more about planning for strikes and unexpected circumstances, so you can continue to enjoy all the
benefits of business traveland
connecting with colleagues in person.
Once you know when strikes are scheduled, work that into your trip plans. Be sure to leave plenty of extra time to get to your destination if you think a strike may interfere with your road, train, or plane travel, especially if you’re headed to a large hub such as Heathrow Airport or Paris Charles de Gaulle.
TravelPerk is a business travel management platform used by companies across Europe and around the world. TravelPerk can help you deal with unexpected changes— including air traffic control strikes, industrial action, or walkouts in Europe—with the following features:
- All travelers who book with TravelPerk have access to TravelCare services. This means you will receive instant notifications about disruptions, changes, or travel advisories while on the road. You’ll also be provided with a direct link to contact the customer care team for immediate assistance.
- If you choose to contact the customer care team, you’ll benefit from best-in-class travel assistanceavailable 24/7 via phone, chat, or email, with a target response time of 15 seconds. This way, you can be assured that help will be available when you need it.
- With FlexiPerk, you won’t have to worry about losing money if plans change at the last minute. You can book any flight, hotel, car, or train, and cancel up to two hours before your departure with just one click. You’ll get a guaranteed 80% of your money back, no questions asked, and enjoy a 40% average savings over traditional flexible fares.
European Union Regulation 261/2004protects your rights as an airline passenger. If you fly from an EU country, or if you fly from a non-European country to an EU country with a European airline, you may be entitled to food, drink, hotel stays, or compensation if:
- your flight was delayed by more than three hours
- your flight was canceled right before departure
- you missed your connecting flight
- you were denied boarding for your flight
In the US, airlines are generally not required to compensate passengers if flights are delayed or canceled, according to the
U.S. Department of Transportation. However, if passengers are removed from an oversold flight, compensation is required. Airlines are also required to give updates about flight delays no later than 30 minutes after the airline becomes aware of the change.In some cases, you may be entitled to a refund for air travel if your flight is “significantly delayed”, or if your flight is canceled and you choose to cancel your trip as a result (even for non-refundable tickets). These rules apply to domestic and international flights departing to, from, or in the United States.In Canada, airlines have certain obligations towards passengers in the event of a delay or cancellation. According to the
Canadian Transportation Agency, if a flight is delayed or canceled for a reason within the airline’s control (such as a staffing issue, or a decision to consolidate flights due to low demand), the airline is required to provide assistance, offer alternate travel arrangements or a refund, and pay compensation. They also have to communicate key information in plain language, provide status updates every 30 minutes, offer food and drink, and arrange overnight accommodation.