Ryanair says passengers prefer to stand

by Alfie FEATHERSTONE on July 29, 2009

Most passengers would be willing to stand during short flights if the fare was free, according to a poll released by Irish no-frills airline Ryanair.

More than 80,000 passengers, 66 per cent of those polled by Ryanair, said they would be happy to stand during one-hour flights. Just thirty-four per cent said they wanted a seat, in the poll released on Wednesday.

“With 120,000 passengers voting and 80,000 saying they would stand on board, Ryanair will continue to explore the concept of ‘fare free standing’ flights with Boeing and the relevant aviation authorities in the US and EU,” Ryanair’s chief spokesman Stephen McNamara said.

Under the proposal, passengers would lean on a stool or ledge and wear a seatbelt during takeoff and landing. Passengers would still have to pay taxes and charges imposed by governments or airport operators.

The online poll showed 42 per cent of passengers would stand if the fare was halved compared to 58 per cent who wanted a seat. Asked if passengers should have a choice of standing on short flights as they do on trains, buses and other transport, 60 per cent said yes and 40 per cent said no.

The poll comes one day after the budget carrier said it would cut capacity by 40 per cent at Stansted airport, northeast of London, starting from October because of higher charges.

Quotes and more details from http://www.thewest.com.au/.

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