Majority of Brits are 'happy to fly' again, despite concerns
Most people in the UK expect to board a plane and fly away within the next six months, although many have lingering concerns, according to a new poll.
A quarter (23 per cent) say they already feel comfortable with air travel, with another 32 per cent expecting to feel safe by February. The remaining 45 per cent said they were either unsure about traveling by plane or would wait to see what develops over the next six months.
In encouraging news for those working in UK travel jobs, just five per cent of those quizzed said they did not intend to fly at all in the near future.
The survey of 700 people by Malaysia Airlines found that 69 per cent of Brits were looking forward to taking an overseas holiday, with 41 per cent wanting to reunite with family and 33 per cent were eager to get back to their previous work travel trips.
However, many had concerns about flying away, with 63 per cent worried about an imposed quarantine, while 56 per cent feared catching the virus in mid-air and 45 per cent were anxious about catching it at their destination.
To appease this, nearly two thirds (61 per cent) said that having the option to rebook or receive a free cancellation would give them confidence to book a flight, with 53 per cent saying the same about being given free hygiene kits.
Speaking about the findings, Daniel Bainbridge, UK and Europe Regional Manager at Malaysia Airlines, said: "While much of this survey is in line with our expectations, we were heartened to see that such a large proportion of travellers in the UK are keen to fly again and we were pleased that the measures we've implemented are more or less in line with what our customers want from the aspect of travel safety.
"It was interesting to learn that customers were particularly concerned about travel restrictions around the world, more than anything else."
Elsewhere, recent research from Totaljobs and the Office for National Statistics suggested that the UK's major cities could experience a stark reduction in workers following the pandemic.
The stats showed that around 1.6 million Londoners (26 per cent) who have been working in their job at home now wish to continue doing so. In addition, 38 per cent are now reconsidering where they wish to be based.
By Owen Mckeon