Thursday, June 16, 2016

New survey reveals America's favorite airline and most dreaded seat mate

Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-7H4 (34951/2005) N249WN taxies towards a Rwy 20R departure at John Wayne Orange County Airport (SNA/KSNA) on May 7, 2016.
(Photo by Michael Carter)

Southwest Airlines has emerged the favorite airline among respondents in a new survey, who named the low-cost carrier the best value for money.

In a poll carried out by Airfarewatchdog that surveyed 11,000 US travelers, Southwest was chosen ahead of Delta Air Lines, American Airlines and JetBlue as the most popular carrier across several different categories.

Nearly half of respondents said Southwest offers the best value and the friendliest flight attendants.

Likewise, nearly a third said the airline offers the best frequent flier program.

Meanwhile, the most dreaded seat mate is the sick traveler (43 percent), followed by overweight passengers (18 percent) and those with bad body odor.

When it comes to booking a flight, price remains the single most important factor with the majority -- 90 percent -- agreeing it's “very important.”

Price was followed by the number of stops (72 percent); cabin cleanliness (59 percent); cabin crew politeness (57 percent) and onboard amenities (23 percent).

Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport -- the busiest airport in the world -- was also named the most popular hub for connections.

And nearly a quarter -- 23 percent -- said they've never flown on an international airline.

(AFP Relax News / Yahoo Business News)

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