Airline passengers willing to pay more for flights with empty middle seats

posted on 10th August 2020 by Eddie Saunders
Airline passengers willing to pay more for flights with empty middle seats

FOXBusiness

Airline passengers really want middle seats left open during the coronavirus pandemic, a recent survey has found.

In fact, customers are willing to pay an average of 16.5 percent more to fly with the middle seats blocked off, HuffPost reported, citing a survey by Atmosphere Research.

Meanwhile, a poll from American Express, Amex Trendex, also reportedly found that 63 percent of Americans would be willing to pay for every alternating seat to be empty, according to CNBC.

The Atmosphere Research survey also reportedly found that more than 80 percent said having the middle seat open in coach is “somewhat or extremely important,” according to the website.

Mandatory face masks on planes were important to 84 percent of respondents and constant cleaning of planes was important to 85 percent, the Atmosphere Research survey found.

Last month, a research paper from MIT even found that leaving the middle seats empty on planes could significantly cut the risk of contracting coronavirus in the air, Fox News reported at the time.

Some airlines, including Delta Air Lines, JetBlue Airways and Southwest Airlines are still blocking off their middle seats, but several others have returned to filling their planes to capacity.