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Flyers 'want better connections'

28 February 2013 10:16

Flyers expect mobile usage to become standard on fights in the next few years

Flyers expect mobile usage to become standard on fights in the next few years

More than seven in 10 British travellers would use their mobile during a flight, a new study suggests, reflecting Britain's increasingly connected community. The poll says that almost half of passengers would use in-flight mobile services to send text messages, given the choice. A further 44% say their fight experience should include access to apps, including Facebook and Twitter.

One in three flyers say they want to use their mobiles to surf the internet, according to a poll of 2,000 UK consumers conducted by One Poll for AeroMobile, an aviation industry mobile phone operator. One in four would use them to play online games. Most polled say they expect to look forward to in-flight mobile connections as standard when they book their flights and travel insurance in the coming years.

Under one in five passengers (19%) would use the service to make a call at 30,000ft. Kevin Rogers, AeroMobile's head of revenue development, said the data mirrors his company's own figures. Traffic on AeroMobile's network in January outstripped the total traffic for the last half of 2012. Mr Rogers said: "We expect it to keep growing."