Most Travelers Still Eschewing In-Flight Meals but Numbers are Changing

Jul 15, 2015, 11:54 ET from GO Airport Express

CHICAGO, July 15, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- While still in the clear minority, the number of airline passengers who purchase food on a plane nearly doubled in the last three years, according to surveys conducted by GO Airport Express, a Chicago-based ground transportation and GO Airport Shuttle, an international transportation provider.

In the 2015 survey, 2.7 percent said they purchased food on a plane, while just 1.7 percent said they did so in 2012. With 55,800,800 people flying annually (according to the U.S Department of Transportation) this 1.3 percent increase translates into an additional 725,400 people making in-flight purchases. The surveys polled passengers of both GO Airport Express and GO Airport shuttle; 469 people responded to the 2015 survey and 416 responded in 2012.    

In the 2015, 58 percent of respondents said they eat in the airport after going through security. This is compared with 55 percent in 2012.  In both surveys, 8 percent said they bring their own food. In 2015, 5.7 reported they don't spend any money on food – not eating in the airport or on the plane --  while 6.3 percent said they didn't in 2012. 

Many say they eat before going to their departure airport or after they arrive at their destination with 17.2 percent doing so in 2015, compared with 20.4 percent in 2012.  Just over four percent said they purchase food at the airport to take on the plane with them in 2012, with almost five percent saying they do so in 2015.   Three percent of 2015 respondents report they eat before security, while 4.6 percent said they did so in 2012.

"These results may indicate that travelers are slowly becoming more inured to the costs of amenities that used to be included in fares and are valuing convenience over price," says John McCarthy, president, GO Airport Express

GO Airport Express, one of the oldest companies in Chicago, traces its founding to 1853 and the Parmelee Transportation Company, which provided a carriage service between Chicago's railroad stations and the downtown hotels. The GO Group LLC is the nation's largest airport transportation provider, serving some 60 airports in North America, Mexico, the Caribbean and Europe and transporting more than 13 million passengers per year.


SOURCE GO Airport Express