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08:03 PM, September 30, 2020 / LAST MODIFIED: 08:10 PM, September 30, 2020

Air travel considered safest by Bangladeshis, says Bangladesh Monitor survey

Bangladeshis consider air travel to be the safest mode of transportation in the country amid the ongoing Covid-19 Pandemic, said a consumer survey.

A total of 3,452 respondents took part in the online survey, conducted by travel and tourism publication The Bangladesh Monitor, between September 1 and 25.

The results showed that 67% of the respondents felt that air travel was the safest, while 23.3% opted for rail.

In terms of challenges, 37.7% of those surveyed felt restoring passengers' confidence was the biggest one, 33.5% said it was maintaining health and hygiene, while 28.8% think the biggest challenge lies with the travel restrictions in place.

The survey showed that 49.9% respondents feel that high cost is the biggest concern with air travel in Bangladesh at this moment, while 31.4% consider personal safety and 18.7% said it was the protocols at the airports.

Of those surveyed, 26% belong to the 20-30 age group; 22% in 31-40, 20% in 41-50, 18% in 51-60 groups, while the rest are above 60 years of age.

Eighty-seven percent of the respondents are from business profession, 10% are service-job holders and 3% are students.

Fifty-seven percent feel that health and hygiene standards in local airlines are perfect, while 30.7% consider it satisfactory and the rest 12.3% termed it not so well.

In regards to the purpose of air travel within the country, 35.8% respondents say at this time they will travel for business purpose, 30.5% for leisure and 33.7% for family visits.

Among the regular domestic travellers, 32.9% have already travelled places and 41.6% are considering traveling in the next three months. However, 25.5% people say they will not travel this year.

In case of international travel, 53.5% of the respondents will travel for holiday purpose only at this moment, while 29.4% for business and 17.1% for medical purposes.

Fifty-nine percent holidays seekers prefer to make their dream holidays in the countries of Asia in the post-Covid-19 situation, while 32.1% in Europe and 8.2% in Americas.

India has been considered as the preferred medical destination with 39.6% votes, followed by Thailand 31.7% and Singapore 28.7%.

In response to a question on how soon they plan to undertake an international trip, 47.1% said they will not plan a trip unless an effective vaccine is found and 43.3% said they may do so in the next three months, while 9.6% have already travelled.

As for purchase of air tickets, a wide margin of 68.3% people would prefer to buy their tickets through an online travel agency (OTA), 22.4% from a traditional travel agency, while 9.3% directly from the airlines.

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