No frills long haul?
June 6th, 2012 by elisa

How much legroom could you stand? Picture by Flickr user didbygraham

How much legroom could you stand? Picture by Flickr user didbygraham


Would you travel long haul with no frills for a lower-cost flight? What would you endure to save money on flights?

A survey by flight search website, Skyscanner, has revealed that almost three quarters of travellers would travel long haul flights with no frills.

The survey of over 1,800 travellers found that 74% would choose a budget airline experience for a cheaper flight over the more traditional airline to travel long haul (over four hours). What’s more, 48% would endure limited legroom for up to nine hours, with a further 30% stating they would do this for a 10-hour flight (the equivalent of a flight from Singapore to London).

When asked what travellers would most need to persuade them to travel long haul at a low cost, 35% said they would require an extra two inches of legroom currently offered on standard low cost flights (currently there is an average seat pitch of 29 inches). 14% would prioritise legroom over in-flight entertainment, with 9% preferring it to flight food and refreshments. Only 18% wanted free hold luggage included.

Sam Baldwin, Travel Editor at Skyscanner said; “The results of this survey show there is a definite demand for low cost airlines to operate long haul routes – it appears people are more than happy to surrender some level of comfort in order to satisfy their taste for travel, as long as the price is right. In recent years, low cost airlines have started to introduce more mid haul routes, so it is not unfeasible that long haul routes could be next to be added.”


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