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April 7, 2017
How to cope with labor strikes affecting your travel plans
Labor strikes occur more often than one would expect and can affect public transportation, air travel and even taxis. Travelers around the world should keep in mind that they may face cancellations, delays and disruptions and should always prepare accordingly. 

We listed several tips should you encounter a labor strike while traveling so you can get back on the road — and back to work or vacation — as quickly as possible:

Stay up-to-date 
Make sure you check for major strikes if you are going to a country that is likely to face labor strikes. Usually, the airline, rail company, airport and train station will publish an alert on their websites and social media outlets. Twitter is a good platform to receive instant updates and breaking news. 

You can also check, a website which tracks strikes and protests impacting air travel around the world. 


Confirm itinerary before leaving your accommodation
Confirm your itinerary with your travel agency, airline or rail company and verify whether your travel plans will be affected and how. Seek information on road conditions should you need to rent a car or use the services of a limo company. Generally, labor strikes will result in higher traffic as travelers will take the roads as a plan B. Also, in urban areas, it is not uncommon to see protests as a result of a strike which can cause traffic disruption inside a city.

Consider other means of transport
Should you be affected by a strike, check if other means of transport are available and consider shared commute options. If you are traveling for business, see if telecommuting is possible until the situation is back to normal. If you decide to book alternative routes, do so as soon as possible as other carriers will sell out rapidly.
Stick with airlines alliances
If traveling to a country that is likely to face labor strikes, favor airlines that are part of an alliance and that are supported by a strong network of other airlines. The impacted airlines will probably re-route you on one of their partners’ flights. 

Avoid areas of protest
Protesters tend to gather in large numbers in inner cities. If visiting a large city, avoid common rally sites as precaution. Allow additional time to reach destinations near these sites.

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