Over half of small and medium sized businesses (SMEs) plan to book flights for their employees in 2009 at the same frequency as this year, according to the results of a new survey.
A poll by Star Alliance revealed that 52 percent of SMEs were planning on flying as much as in 2007, with a further 34 percent saying that they plan to fly more regularly.
Commenting on the findings, Jo Ashman, spokesman for Star Alliance Company in the UK and Ireland, said that the results clearly showed that people working for SMEs were looking to travel as frequently in 2009 as they had done in 2008.
"We are seeing that corporate clients are taking comfort in working with established and secure network airlines as their travel partners," he said.
Half of SME respondents said that obtaining free flights was the most popular benefit from a corporate business programme.
The Star Alliance aims to improve the travel experience of passengers by bringing together 21 airlines. Air India recently confirmed that it would become a future member carrier.