Pas­sen­gers see in-flight wifi as a ne­ces­sity

Business Traveller (Asia-Pacific) - - UPFRONT -

AC­CORD­ING to a new sur­vey pub­lished by In­marsat, 60 per cent of trav­ellers now see in-flight con­nec­tiv­ity as a ne­ces­sity rather than a lux­ury.

The abil­ity to con­nect to per­sonal de­vices such as smart­phones, lap­tops and tablets now sits within the top three con­sid­er­a­tions when choos­ing an air­line, be­hind ticket price (53 per cent) and flight slots (44 per cent).

Over 40 per cent of sur­veyed pas­sen­gers said they would stop us­ing their pre­ferred air­line if it of­fered poor qual­ity in-flight con­nec­tiv­ity.

The an­nual sur­vey also found that 66 per cent of par­ents trav­el­ling with chil­dren said that in-flight con­nec­tiv­ity is a “life saver”.

The sur­vey re­flects the re­sponses of 9,000 air­line pas­sen­gers from 18 coun­tries. in­

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