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.