France: Rail Strike Beginning 9th March to Affect RER B and TER Trains.

Rail workers are set to begin a one-day strike at 7pm on Monday night but authorities say the walk-out won’t provoke the kind of travel chaos seen during last June’s industrial action.
Commuters and rail passengers should be spared any serious travel chaos this week caused by a one-day rail strike set to begin on Monday evening, according to SNCF.
The strike is set to begin at 7pm on Monday and will continue until 8am on Wednesday morning.
But according to forecasts from SNCF, most services will run as normal including the TGV, and most of the commuter trains in and around Paris.
There will be “slight disruption” to the RER B service which links the city’s two main airports Charles de Gaulle and Orly.
There will also be some disruption in the regions where only eight out of ten TER trains are expected to run.
The strike, which has been called by the CGT union in protest against planned rail reforms, is not a rolling strike, which means it won’t be extended beyond the set deadline.
The contentious reforms were put into place in January and are intended to tackle the rail sector’s soaring debt, which stands at more than €40 billion and was feared to almost double by 2025 if nothing changed.
The reforms aim to cut costs by bringing together 149,000 employees at train operator SNCF and the 1,500 at RFF railway network to eventually open up parts of the service to competition.
The rolling strikes in June were the longest in years and crippled the transport system. They prompted clashes between riot police and protesters, and lost the state-run SNCF an estimated €80 million.
The CGT union has long argued that the reforms would lead to job losses without reducing debt.

Disruption to Eurostar Services Monday 2nd March.

Due to a person hit by a train between Ashford International and Ebbsfleet International, the High Speed line is currently closed.  As a result Eurostar trains are subject to delay and cancellation this afternoon.  Emergency services are attending the incident and as soon as they advise the line can reopen our service will resume – we expect a further update shortly.

Due to likely delays and/or cancellations, customers due to travel today are advised to exchange to travel another day or refund their ticket.

Important India Visa Update.

Please note that with effect from 14th March 2015, anyone who applies for an Indian visa will now have to provide biometric data, this includes fingerprint information and facial imagery.

Anyone applying from the aforementioned date will need to book an appointment on the VFS web site and appear in person at one of the 14 VFS centres based around the UK.

Appointments can only be booked after completing an online form on the VFS website and no applications will be accepted by post. The fourteen centres are based in: London (EC1, TW4 & W2), Birmingham, Edinburgh, Manchester, Belfast, Bristol, Bradford, Newcastle, Cardiff, Liverpool, Leicester & Glasgow.

Germanwings Pilots’ Strike 11-13 Feb.

Pilots’ union Vereinigung Cockpit (VC) has called a two-day strike at Lufthansa’s short-haul budget airline (Germanwings), as a long-running row over retirement benefits and the airline’s expansion plans for its low-cost subsidiary continues.

The pilots’ union stated late last night that the strike would run from 2300 GMT this evening, Wednesday 11th February, until 2259 GMT on Friday 13th February.

Important Changes To The BA Exec Club Program.

A note to all British Airways Executive Club (EC) members (which is almost all frequent business travellers), we strongly recommend that you take a few minutes to read about the changes to the EC program regards earning and redeeming your Avios points.

Should you have any questions about the changes please do not hesitate to contact Paul Baker at


Global Travel Management In The Press

Global Travel Management are featured in the latest edititon of the Surrey Chambers Magazine. The full article on  Family Businesses can be found if you follow the link.

Snow Storm – East Coast USA.

The East Coast of The United States and the surrounding region has heavy snow forecast today and over the next few days, whilst airlines continue to operate their services to the eastern Seaboard many flights will undoubtedly be affected.

Please remember to always check in online and ensure that we, or your airline, have all of your contact details.

British Airways Upgrade To First Promotion.

British Airways has once again launched its Upgrade to First campaign. Customers who purchase an eligible Club World fare will be upgraded (one-way) to First on whichever leg of their journey they choose and/or which is available.

The offer is also open to companies who are British Airways On Business members and who are, therefore, eligible for reduced BA fares via the Business Bespoke programme.

This offer is effective immediately for booking and until 13 March 2015. All travel must be completed by 18 April 2015, with outbound departures (this is a UK promotion) being made by 11 April.

Global PA Association – Travel Event Evening.

Global Travel Management is pleased to be supporting the Global PA Associations’s – Managing Your Executive’s Business Travel event on Thursday 29th January at 6pm.

We are pleased to be a Trusted Supplier for the Global PA Association and are very much looking forward to meeting everyone at the Mayfair Hotel in central London in just over 2 weeks time.

We will also be joined on the evening by some of our travel trade partners, namely, British Airways, CIBT Visas and Total Chauffeur Service.

We look forward to meeting you there.


Paris – Terror Suspects in Siege Close to Charles de Gaulle Airport.

Please note that we (GTM) have been advised of the following news report this morning which is affecting flights in to and out of Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport.

A shoot-out is unfolding close to Charles de Gaulle Airport as the hunt for the two suspects in Wednesday’s terror attack in Paris continues.

According to the live Twitter feed of French newspaper Le Monde, two of the airport’s runways have been closed, several landings have been aborted and flights cancelled as police helicopters gather in the area.

Reports say the suspects have taken at least one hostage in the building of a printing business on an industrial park about five miles from the airport.

Shots have reportedly been fired in a car chase near the airport as Elite armed police close in.