Tuesday, October 05, 2021

63% Of Indian Air Travelers Willing To Fly In Next 6 Months: Inmarsat

Inmarsat, the world leader in global, mobile satellite communications, unveiled the Asia Pacific (APAC) findings of its Passenger Confidence Tracker 2021, the largest and most comprehensive global survey of airline passengers since the pandemic began, including results from India.

The research reveals that 91% of APAC airline passengers acknowledged that the pandemic has changed their long-term travel habits, consistent with last year’s survey results. However, over half (51%) would be confident to fly by the end of the year and 20% would happily catch a flight in the next month.

Amongst Indian respondents, 63% are confident of taking their next flight in the next six months, despite being among the most cautious passengers in the world (78%), significantly higher than the UK (25%) and Australia (33%). In terms of what could airlines and the travel industry do to make them feel more confident about flying, 68% of Indian passengers believed mandatory proof of vaccination for all passengers would be key, whereas 65% also expressed a preference for all airlines to follow the same hygiene practices.

David Coiley, Inmarsat Aviation’s Regional Vice President for Asia Pacific, said: “Since the start of the pandemic, the aviation industry has dealt with challenge after challenge. However, airlines have once again shown their resilience and stepped up to those challenges. Our latest Passenger Confidence Tracker reveals that travellers in Asia Pacific are the most confident towards pragmatic steps for travel and have positive attitudes about returning to the skies. With safety and reputation becoming even more important to today’s flyers, there is a pressing need for airlines to embrace new opportunities and differentiate themselves to encourage passengers back onto their flights as travel continues to resume.”

While the global level of satisfaction with airlines’ responses to the pandemic has grown since October 2020, up to 72%, there are notable country-level differences at play. India leads the way with levels at 91%, while South Korea props up perceptions at 47%. 42% of airline passengers in India would fly with only specific airlines they trust.

04/10/21 T3

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