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Flight disruptions top source of anxiety for business travellers: survey

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  •   04-11-2024  7:09 am
  •   Pax Global Media

Flight disruptions top source of anxiety for business travellers: survey
Schedule disruptions are a top source of anxiety for Canadian business travellers, according to a poll from Corporate Traveller. (Ekaterina Pokrovsky/Shutterstock)
Pax Global Media

What’s stressing out Canadian business travellers these days?

According to a new poll from Flight Centre Travel Group’s corporate arm, Corporate Traveller, forty-five per cent of professionals identify schedule disruptions as their top source of anxiety.

The weight of rising travel costs and financial strains are also taking a toll, with 44 per cent of survey participants feeling the financial burden of rising travel expenses, and 42 per cent experiencing stress due to economic uncertainty.

The data was captured from an online Corporate Traveller client poll taken between Dec. 12, 2023 and January 12, 2024.

These factors make it clear that the demands of business travel are weighing heavily on Canadian corporate flyers.

At a time when business travel bookings have increased by 10 per cent compared to last year, according to Corporate Traveller’s own tracking, it underscores a need for more streamlined, carry-on-focused travel tactics, the company says.

"Business travel today demands more than just showing up to meetings and networking; it's about optimizing every aspect of the trip," said Chris Lynes, managing director for Corporate Traveller, in a news release. "Adopting carry-on-only travel and choosing strategic flight times are effective ways to enhance airport experiences, ensuring both cost savings and reduced stress."

Top tips for corporate travellers

Corporate Traveller has assembled the following tips for Canadian business travellers:

Maximize your carry-on: Get the most out of your carry-on by choosing airlines that allow up to 14kg, with the option to add more if needed. Buying extra space online is cheaper than at the airport. Check size allowances beforehand; they vary but can save on check-in fees.

Choose amenities-rich hotels: Pick accommodations offering amenities like premium toiletries and gym facilities, which can significantly lighten packing lists. 

Flight strategy: Aim to book direct flights when available to avoid unnecessary layovers and delays, advises Lynes. Direct flights help you reach your destination quicker, allowing for more time to prepare, relax, or engage in your intended business activities.

Scheduling smart: Considering travel timing can make a world of difference. “Flying in on Sunday can introduce a blend of leisure and business, potentially cutting costs and easing Monday rush,” Lynes said.

Lounge access: Lynes suggest that a quality travel credit card offers more than points; look for one that includes airport lounge access, providing a sanctuary from crowded gate areas.

Loyalty pays: Enroll in airline and hotel loyalty programs. Simple steps like inputting your member number can unlock future savings and enhance overall travel experiences.

Professional insight: Don’t overlook the value of a seasoned travel expert. “Corporate Traveller knows how to handle challenging travel needs of industries like manufacturing, mining, and construction, helping make trips more efficient and less expensive, focusing on what businesses need the most,” the company said.

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