Business passengers expect growth in corporate travel in 2011, predicting increases in both flights and budgets, according to an annual global survey by Ascend.
The poll of business travellers found:
“To get the global economy going again business people have to fly. After the challenges of 2009 and 2010, travellers clearly feel now is the time to start rebuilding their businesses.”
- 49% expect to fly more for business in 2011 – compared to 35% last year and only 10% in 2009
- A 5.5% increase in the number of business flights for 2011, and 48% expecting an increase in travel budgets – compared to 28% last year and just 9% in 2009
- Only 8% of travellers expect a decrease in 2011 budgets, compared to 20% last year and 54% in 2009
- Good news for airlines – as budgets and flights growth for 2011 are expected to move in step
The survey highlights a range of changes for better and worse that respondents have noted over the last two years, as well as a healthy scepticism about the benefits of future airline consolidation: more than 70% believe this will cause higher prices and less competition.
North American respondents are feeling the most sorry for themselves, with 70% saying that airline service on board has declined over the last two years. Offered the opportunity to say what has improved, 40% of North American respondents said, “Nothing”. Europeans (20%) and Asia Pacific (17%) respondents were less down in the mouth.
Looking at what has improved over the last two years, respondents noted:
- Greater efficiency in check in and pre-flight (49%)
- More choice of low cost airlines (26%)
- Cheaper fares more available (25%)
- Crowded planes
- Increased security queues
- Decline in ‘on board’ service
The survey also highlighted ongoing cost reduction strategies by companies, as well as attitudes to low cost airline travel and the airlines’ use of the internet.
More than 380 corporate travellers from around the world were polled, most of whom are long haul business class travellers. By asking about company travel trends, the survey’s results reflect a much wider population than the number of respondents.
For a full presentation of the results, with graphs:
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