The company, which surveyed corporate travellers in February, found that 79% had flown on a Saturday or Sunday to save money, and for nearly half ‘no-frills’ airlines now formed part of their travel policy. Just under 50% said they chose flights purely based on cost.
Travellers were also using new technology in a bid to overcome time pressures. Nearly two fifths of low cost flights were booked through the internet in 1999 and 54% of corporate travellers said they accessed the net from their hotel rooms.
‘Travel and time related expenses account for a large part of corporate costs, as much as 7% of a company’s total operating expenditure,’ Iain Robinson, head of UK Corporate Travel at American Express said.
‘With corporate travel on the increase managers are looking for more effective ways to deliver savings.
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