Access to Amenities and Comfortable Seats Far Outweigh Entertainment as Desired Features
TORONTO, Dec. 21 /CNW/ - FlightNetwork.com, one of Canada's leaders in online travel, today announced the results of their newest 'State of Air Travel Poll,' aimed at giving Canadians a voice to weigh-in on the biggest issues facing the travel industry in 2010.
FlightNetwork.com's latest poll asked Canadian consumers to identify North America's best departure lounges and found the following results:
Of the 1000 Canadian consumers polled, 62.9% identified Air Canada as having the best departure lounges in the country. WestJet lounges came in second with 27.5% of the vote. Surprisingly, Porter Airlines who are known for their upscale lounges placed third with 9.4% of the vote. Rounding out the top four, Canjet scored .2% of the vote.
South of the border, Canadian consumers voted United as having as the top departure lounge in the USA with 46.6% of the vote. Southwest Airlines took second place with 11.5% of the vote followed by Continental with 21.7%, US Airways at 14.0% and Jet Blue in last place with 6.2%.
Asked to identify the most important departure lounge feature, Canadian consumers flagged access to food and restaurants with 30.9% of the vote. Comfortable seats were second with 24.9%, followed by close, clean bathrooms at 20.9%, wireless internet access at 16.3% and entertainment options scoring a surprisingly low 7.0%.
"The people have spoken and Canadians have clearly said that they would rather be fed and comfortable than entertained at the airport," said Naman Budhdeo, CEO of FlightNetwork.com. "With more and more Canadian travellers carrying their own entertainment on laptops, IPhones and IPads, it makes sense that they would be more concerned with a comfortable seat and a close, clean washroom."
Running until March 2011, the State of Air Travel Poll will utilize FlightNetwork.com's blog, Facebook page and customer database to reach Canadians and ask for their input. Poll topics will cover a range of issues including green travel, plus sized passengers, if cell phones should be allowed on planes and Canada's best and worst airports.
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