Empty middle seat please

Empty middle seat please

Three quarters (75%) of the surveyed business travellers say they would be willing to pay more to keep the middle seat open when they fly, according to a survey from global property and casualty insurance company Chubb. At the same time, more than two-thirds (69%) say they expect company travel budgets will be trimmed in a post-Covid world to reduce expenses.

At a global level, 84% of business travellers say they cannot wait to travel again without fear of getting Covid-19. Four out of five have personally missed business travel – an even larger share (87%) said they miss leisure travel.

The findings indicate that business travellers have high levels of trust that their employer and airlines will take care of their health and safety – some 85% say airlines are doing everything they can to keep travel safe – but, they have much less confidence in the precautions being taken by their fellow travellers. Nearly nine in 10 are concerned that their fellow travellers are not responsibly following Covid protocols.

Some 80% of survey respondents – including 43% who strongly agree – expect another pandemic at some point in the future.

Results of the survey were reported by Corporate Travel Community (CTC) mid-May.

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