Transport Strikes in France: Egencia Delivers Five Practical Tips to Master Your Business Trip
4 minPosted: 23 April 2018Updated: 15 September 2020
Travel disruptions are like tax audits – you never want it to happen to you but there’s always a chance it could. If you are planning a trip to France within the next few months, be warned, you may have more than your usual share of travel disruption. Starting this month, the country’s transport workers are calling for strikes for two days out of five until June. That’s a lot of cancelled trains! Depending on the progress of the ongoing labor negotiations, the strikes may ease or intensify over the coming weeks. If you’re planning to go to France soon, read on for five tips to help you better manage your trip. 1. Pressed for time? Turn on your travel app notifications! There’s an app for everything – even business travel. Connect to the local transport applications and turn on notifications for departure confirmations, delays, cancellations and refund eligibility. Egencia travelers have their own app to manage last-minute reservations, get notifications in real time on delays or flight cancellations, and even find practical alternatives for ground transport through Uber or Citymapper. Enabling alerts on your phone can help you get ahead of the crowd to easily make the changes you need. Need more support? The Egencia AssistMe feature of the app connects you to a team of travel consultants, ready to answer your call with one click! 2. Bookmark your travel provider’s site. We know that half of business travelers like to turn to their device or assistance on the road. Getting the latest information on strike-related disruptions is easier than ever by consulting your travel provider’s website. Here are a few good ones to have on hand if you’re making your way to France:
- The national rail service, SNCF, updates its schedule at 5 p.m. the day before a planned strike day with any cancellations or time changes incurred due to the strike.
- Make sure your contact details are included in your reservation so the airline can contact you directly about changes in schedule. Airlines like Air France contact their travelers directly by email or SMS to warn them in case of cancellations or delays and offer them alternatives.