Driving vs Delays: The average Georgia traveler would opt to drive for 5 hours rather than take a one-hour flight.
- Recent travelers rate their frustrations at 8/10.
- Over half would be prepared to pay a premium for flight tickets if it would guarantee there would be no delays.
- Interactive map showing how far travelers across the country would be prepared to drive to avoid airports chaos.
From weather disruptions to computer problems to crew shortages, Americans are once again caught in travel limbo.
For the second time in a month, thousands of flights were delayed or canceled across the US last week, and travelers have been warned to expect more problems – even a breakdown at a smaller regional airport can have a domino effect across the country.
A survey of 3,000 by FamilyDestinationsGuide.com asked travelers a hypothetical question:
‘How far would you be prepared to drive to your chosen destination, rather than fly for one hour?’
Travelers flying out of Georgia airports would opt to drive for 5 hours and 44 minutes (on average) rather than take a one-hour flight, given the current uncertainties. The results indicate a growing frustration with the current airport conditions.
The survey also found that almost half (48%) of travelers say they have put off air travel until the current disruptions have been sorted. And when it comes to planning further ahead, 74% said they are more likely to roadtrip this summer, rather than fly to a typical vacation destination.
Interestingly, over half said they would be prepared to pay a premium for flight tickets if it would guarantee there would be no delays. Of those who said they would be prepared to pay more, the average traveler would pay 32% more than the standard ticket price. Therefore, given the average fare is around $397, the average traveler would pay $127 to get where they want to go, on time.
Finally, respondents who have recently been affected by the travel disruptions were asked to rate their frustration on a scale of 1-10. The average respondent rated theirs at a solid 8 out of 10.
“The current flight disruptions will likely continue through the rest of the year, so it might be wise to consider planning your trip by car instead of air. While flying might be faster in theory, the freedom and flexibility of hitting the open road in a car can allow for a more personal and memorable travel experience” says Rose Ackermann, Editor-in-Chief of FamilyDestinationsGuide.com.
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