Leisure Overtakes Business Travel

New survey reveals that leisure trips were the premier reason for U.S. travel in 2015 By: Michelle Juergen
Leisure travel far outpaced business travel last year. // © 2016 iStock
Leisure travel far outpaced business travel last year. // © 2016 iStock

The Details

Airlines for America

A newly released survey from Airlines for America (A4A) indicates that U.S. leisure travel outpaced business travel in 2015. According to the report, last year, 48 percent of respondents took trips for leisure purposes, compared to 31 percent for business reasons and 21 percent for personal, nonleisure purposes.

Why It Matters:
A4A’s survey showcases the resurgence of Americans’ interest in taking a vacation. Citing factors such as lower airfare costs, convenience and reliability, more people say they are taking to the skies — in fact, 80 percent of respondents were satisfied with their flight experience in 2015, and 29 percent said they will fly more this year. What better time to help clients get to that bucket-list destination they’ve been dreaming about?

Fast Facts:
- The “State of Air Travel in the United States” survey from A4A features results from 3,019 U.S. citizens.

- In 1997, when the survey was last conducted, 47 percent of respondents said their airline trips were for business purposes; the most recent survey showed that 88 percent took at least one airline trip for leisure reasons.

- The number of Americans who have ever flown increased from 49 percent in 1971 to 81 percent last year.

- Within the past year, airfares were down 5.1 percent systemwide.

What They Are Saying:
“From the time of air travel being dominated by the affluent and business travelers, today’s travelers are more in line with the overall U.S. population,” according to A4A.