Washington D.C.based Xenophon Analytics’ new survey revealed that 60% of frequent flyers intend to fly again within the next six months, despite the threat of the coronavirus pandemic, Travelpulse reported.
Xenophon Analytics polled more than 3,000 frequent flyers
Xenophon Analytics is the research arm of Xenophon Strategies, a 20-year-old non-partisan communications firm. Xenophon Strategies represents clients from the U.S., Canada, Asia, Central Asia, and Europe. Xenophon conducted the poll using the firm’s frequent flyers database. It consists of more than 200,000 opt-in frequent flyers from across the U.S.
Xenophon Analytics’ 2020 Frequent Flyer Survey polled more than 3,000 frequent flyers who are self-described members of loyalty programs of major U.S. airlines including Delta, United, Southwest, American, JetBlue, Alaska, and others. The survey was conducted from May 28 through June 18, 2020.
Most of the frequent flyers have not flown since the start of the pandemic
Prior to the pandemic, 73% of respondents took more than three trips a year, and 38% flew six or more times. 84% of frequent flyers have not flown since the COVID-19 pandemic was declared a health emergency in March.
Xenophon Strategies President David Fuscus stated: “Over the past four months, global aviation has been devastated by the COVID-19 pandemic with fewer flyers, job cuts, grounded airplanes, and deferred or canceled aircraft orders.”
Among the frequent flyers planning travel in the next six months, 63 % are planning for leisure travel, while 10% will be traveling for business. Some 27% will be traveling for both.