Survey: Canadian Holiday Travel Plans Not Derailed by H1N1 and Security Fears

FlightNetwork.com Survey Shows Canadians Confident to Travel

TORONTO, Jan. 7 /CNW/ - FlightNetwork.com, one of Canada's highest volume online travel sales sites (second only to Expedia in Canada), today announced that in spite of current passenger concerns over H1N1 and security issues, their holiday flight bookings are up 59.18% over the same period last year (December 1st-January 4th)

FlightNetwork.com's recent poll conducted during the prime-time holiday travel period of December 23, 2009 to January 3, 2010 showed that 94.1% of respondents did not alter their holiday travel plans based on fears around the H1N1 pandemic. The survey also showed only 1.6% had to alter travel plans because a family member was ill with the H1N1 flu.

52.8% of respondents felt confident to travel after receiving an H1N1 shot, while 24.9% do not plan to have a shot this flu season.

An overwhelming 87.4% of respondents plan to book a flight for leisure travel within the next six months.

"New security and H1N1 precautions may be slowing things down at customs, but they are not slowing down Canadians' travel plans and flight bookings," said Naman Budhdeo, President, CEO and Founder of FlightNetwork.com. "Our survey has found that Canadians are continuing to travel with confidence and the majority are planning a vacation within the next six months."

This Canadian public opinion poll was conducted online by FlightNetwork.com, from December 23, 2009 to January 3, 2010 and surveyed 884 contacts from FlightNetwork.com's national customer database.

About FlightNetwork.com (www.flightnetwork.com)

As one of Canada's largest online flight booking sites by volume (second only to Expedia.ca in Canada), FlightNetwork.com's proprietary flight booking engine offers consumers the advantages of last second booking, searches of over 250 airfares per transaction and unique mix and match fares that allow booking on different airlines for departure and return flights to get the lowest fares possible.

FlightNetwork.com advertises and delivers the 'lowest airfares from the top airlines' by offering consumers access to over 2 million bulk rates negotiated with major airlines. Backing up FlightNetwork.com's award winning online service are 50 insightful and well travelled flight specialists in the FlightNetwork.com call centre.

SOURCE FlightNetwork.com

For further information: For further information: Patrick McCaully, Pointman Public Relations, (416) 855-9427, patrick@pointmanpr.com, www.pointmanpr.com

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