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Business Travel Flashlight: Business Travel Facts & Trends

Beijing, 09/11/2009

Two out of three Business Flights are Round Trips // However: The number of more complex flight routes is on the increase

Even in times of increasing complex business relations, most business travel follows a simple pattern: two out of three flights are still so-called ping-pong flights, which means that travelers fly from A to B, and from B back to A. A classic example is Frankfurt-London-Frankfurt. However, as much as one-third of all flights are on more complex routes – and the trend is increasing. A route is referred to as complex if it involves several stations. A typical example is Frankfurt-New York-Los-Angeles-Frankfurt. In 2007, the percentage of complex travels was 33 on an international average; in 2009, this share had already increased to 36 percent. This, according to the results of a market survey conducted by AirPlus, the leading international provider of business travel payment and reporting solutions. The survey also shows that, more men book complex flight routes than women. In 2009, 31 percent of female business travelers flew complex routes as compared to 37 percent of their male colleagues.

The complexity of flight routes also affects processing efforts for companies. For those with a high percentage of simple flight routes it is easier to guide their travelers to self-booking tools. Planning and booking in companies with complex flight routes requires much more consultation and, so, more time.

The AirPlus Business Travel Index is based on the evaluation of more than 12 million annual flight bookings made by over 32,000 companies worldwide.


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