The world’s largest travel website, TripAdvisor released the results of its Air Travel 2012 survey and Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International airport ranks No. 2 when it comes to favorite airports.
The annual survey polled over 1,000 U.S. residents there were some additional findings that may interest travelers.
91 percent of survey respondents said they plan to fly domestically in 2012, compared to 84 percent that did last year. International flights are also on the rise, with 65 percent planning a flight out of the country, up from the 55 percent that did in 2011.
Mobile device usage is also on the rise for travelers.
Nearly half of all fliers now use a smart phone to check flight or travel status, up from 30 percent from last year’s survey.
30 percent report using a device to check-in to a flight, up from 17 percent.
Use of tablets and iPads in-flight are up 15 percent, with more than one in four travelers now calling theirs a carry-on essential. Battery life and ease of use has to be the reason here.
It also looks like when it comes to comfort, airlines need to do a better job.
Twenty-two percent of survey participants don’t enjoy a single thing about air travel, with legroom and seat comfort (or lack thereof) as their biggest complaint.
41 percent believe that more legroom is the one big improvement airlines can make, with 30 percent citing more comfortable seating. However, 71 percent aren’t willing to pay for extra legroom on domestic flights less than four hours long.
On flights longer than four hours, however, 35 percent would shell out $25 for more legroom. Some airlines have taken note of this.
Now, the top-5 U.S. airports:
Orlando International Airport, Florida
Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, Georgia
Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, Texas
San Francisco International Airport, California
Charlotte Douglas International Airport, North Carolina
One other topic to look at is Wi-Fi on planes.
27 percent of air travelers would choose one airline over another if the flight offered Wi-Fi.
That is huge and it proves once again, that Americans love their free Wi-Fi.
“As air travel becomes more stressful, fliers flock to mobile technology,” says Bryan Saltzburg, general manager of TripAdvisor Flights. “In-flight Wi-Fi, powerful new mobile devices, and other tech carry-on essentials allow fliers to create a more relaxing and enjoyable flying experience.”
Great infornation and a lot of think about for Atlanta travelers from TripAdvisor. Safe travels!