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Travellers expected to 'fly business class less frequently'

26 January 2009 07:45

Travellers expected to 'fly business class less frequently'

The current economic climate means that travellers are expected to fly in business class on a less frequent basis.

That is the opinion of Regional Aircraft, part of BAE Systems, a leading provider of regional aircraft and support services to regional airlines.

According to the company, this is because the "harder environment" will mean that airlines will look to operate less expensive routes.

Stewart Cordner, deputy vice president of sales and marketing and asset management, BAE systems, explained that the effect will be more dramatic for leisure fliers who do not have to travel as business passenger do.

He said: "There will definitely be an effect, but not so much as tourists who have disposable incomes apply and they don't have to fly - but certainly the business traveller does.

"Whether he flies in business, or gets put down to a premium economy or even economy seat, remains to be seen."

Members of the European Regional Airline Association (ERA) recently reported their slowest period of growth since the attacks on the US on September 11th, 2001. ADNFCR-1320-ID-18847042-ADNFCR