More than two-thirds (67 per cent) of Indian travellers find their airport experience the most stressful part of their travel, according to a global survey done by travel search site Skyscanner. The survey was done on over 20,000 respondents from 12 countries wherein respondents were asked about their most stressful experience with travel.

Brazilians and Britons joined Indians in voting airports, with their queues and security checks, as the number one stress factor. For the Germans, Italians and Spanish, it’s the hunt for cheap flights that tops the stress chart, and for Russians it’s organising visas and travel documents. Russians require visas to visit many countries, adding hassle and expense.

“With travel and tour operators, international tourism boards and airlines catering to the varied preferences of the discerning Indian traveller, choosing a destination has become more difficult. The stability of the Indian economy resulting in higher disposable income as compared to the bleaker situation in Western Europe and the US has meant that more destinations now vie for the Indian traveller. Moreover, a depreciating rupee is also an incentive for themcarefully choose their destinations with cheap flights without burning a hole in their pocket,” said Ms Kavitha Gnanamurthy, Skyscanner’s Market Development Manager for India.

As a worldwide average, the most stressful element of a trip was deciding where to go, which took 30 per cent of the vote, followed by the airport experience (25 per cent), and the search for cheap flights with 24 per cent.

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(This article was published on July 17, 2012)
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