Published on Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Airline passengers will not pay extra for inflight wi-fi according to a Holiday Extras survey.
84% of more than four thousand travellers surveyed stated that they would rather go without than pay more.
While 25% of these felt strongly that payment was inappropriate because internet access is fast becoming a human right.
Many were ambivalent about the effect of internet access on the plane, declaring that they would choose to ignore incoming emails while they tuck into their airline meal or enjoy an inflight movie.
62% of those surveyed didn't feel that wi-fi access would spoil their flight, with 27% of men and 23% of women feeling that they could make more productive use of flight time if wi-fi access came as standard.
While 10% admitted that they would never be able to relax knowing that their inbox was just a click away.
James Lewis, head of partnerships for Holiday Extras said: "There is undoubtedly an appetite for internet connectivity on planes but price could be the stumbling block."
"Of course, airlines need to be sure that the cost of providing wi-fii on board can be justified; there's no doubt that it's a necessity for business travellers, but most holidaymakers like to utilise the time before the flight and the flight itself to get into the holiday mood - making the most of their valuable leisure time."
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The recent insolvency of Low Cost Travel Group, one of the large players in the travel industry had a big impact on the travelers, hotels and all related players from both wholesale & retail arms. There were about 27,000 people on a holiday who had booked through the company comprised of a €200 million wholesale arm and €500 million OTA / retail arm.