Survey reveals more than 80% of travellers want to fly within the next year

Respondents highlighted that they want hygiene and safety assurances to restore confidence

More than 80% of travellers are ready to take their next flight within 12 months, according to a study conducted by aerospace firm Honeywell.

The anonymous survey of almost 900 respondents from the Middle East, Turkey and Central and Eastern Europe, showed that despite the COVID-19 pandemic there is still strong underlying demand for flights.

Despite the reduction of air travel over the past year, one third of those who took part in the survey (34%) revealed they have flown during the pandemic. Out of the two thirds of people (66%) who said they haven’t taken a flight recently, approximately 81% of those people believed they would feel comfortable to fly within the next year.

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The 42% of travellers that mentioned their willingness to fly during the pandemic also highlighted the stringent safety and hygiene precautions in place by airports and airlines.

Over 60% of the participants prefer the implementation and usage of ultraviolet light to treat airline cabins compared with the reliance on manual cleaning.

The survey indicated how serious respondents were about hygiene measures when relating to air travel. Nearly half (49%) felt assurances on the cleanliness of aircraft and airport surfaces is necessary, as well as mandatory usage of PPE and social distancing regulations.

“The survey findings show that most travellers expect to fly again in the next 12 months but are nervous in the current environment and seek confidence to return to travelling again. They also support and prioritise guidance on social distancing and personal protective equipment while flying. Surface cleaning is extremely important to passengers, and they want new technology such as UV cleaning over traditional methods,” said Anthony Florian, vice president, airlines, EMEAI, Honeywell Aerospace.

“We will continue to speak with industry leaders about the types of new products and services we can support to further clean and monitor the cleanliness of their aircraft.”

Those intending to travel in the short term (81%) stressed that they would like to see masks, hand sanitiser and surface wipes provided by airport and airline staff.

The majority that took part in the study were between the ages of 25 and 34 (32%) and 45 and 54 (29%).