Flights a primary concern for Michigan business travelers

Friday, January 18, 2013

Flights a primary concern for Michigan business travelers

Finding suitable accommodation is a challenge for many business travelers. Executives are increasingly turning to alternatives to corporate suites at chain hotels, such as serviced apartments and furnished extended stay housing, in an attempt to save money. However, according to the Detroit Free Press, business travelers in Michigan are more worried about flights than accommodation.

The news source reports that executives in the Great Lakes State are primarily concerned with securing seats on planes when they need to. A recent survey of business travelers in Michigan revealed that 82 percent of respondents were concerned with limited seat availability on flights, and 77 percent said they had experienced problems with delays. Interestingly, these two issues were cited as more important than price when it comes to business travel.

Delayed or canceled flights are the bane of many business traveler's lives. From aircraft malfunctions to severe weather, there are a variety of conditions that can disrupt executives' plans. This was the case in Texas recently, when winter storms grounded more than 170 departures from Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, according to the Dallas Business Journal. The cancelations represented almost 20 percent of the airport's scheduled flights on Tuesday, causing lengthy delays for thousands of passengers.