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Business Traveller (Middle East) - - Trends -

STRIKES, DE­LAYS AND CAN­CEL­LA­TIONS Last year was a night­mare for peo­ple trav­el­ling with many of the UK’s trans­port providers, and prob­lems can be ex­pected to con­tinue in 2017. South­ern Rail has seen end­less strikes, can­cel­la­tions and over­crowd­ing, while Gatwick Ex­press and Lon­don Un­der­ground pas­sen­gers have also been af­fected by in­dus­trial ac­tion. Since De­cem­ber 23, Vir­gin At­lantic’s pilots have been re­fus­ing to work more than their ros­tered hours and, last month, Bri­tish Air­ways staff went on strike for 48 hours.

The Euro­peans are no bet­ter – French air traf­fic con­trol has gone on strike more than a dozen times in the past year. In Novem­ber, a Lufthansa pi­lot walk­out dis­rupted 525,000 pas­sen­gers, while ear­lier in the year, the em­ploy­ees of nu­mer­ous Ger­man air­ports re­fused to op­er­ate. These days, busi­ness trav­ellers need to be armed with back-up plans, ap­pro­pri­ate in­sur­ance and knowl­edge of how to claim com­pen­sa­tion.

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