August 24, 2010 11:30 ET

Poll: Added Fees Beat Out Cramped Seats and Flight Delays as Canadians' Top Air Travel Annoyances

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Aug. 24, 2010) - www.FlightNetwork.com, one of Canada's highest volume online travel sales sites (second only to Expedia in Canada), today announced the results of their first 'State of Air Travel Poll,' aimed at giving Canadians a voice to weigh-in on the biggest issues facing the travel industry in 2010.

FlightNetwork.com's first poll focussing on 'travel pet peeves ' reveals that out of the 768 Canadians polled, 77.6% identified added fees (eg. paying for additional luggage) as one of their top three air travel pet peeves. Rounding out the top three were cramped seats (63.5%) and flight delays (40.0%).

Surprisingly, rude passengers scored relatively low as a pet peeve at 30.3% along with babies and children making noise at 21.5%. Also Identified as top travel peeves were long security checks (29.8%), lack of in-flight service (24.5%) and plus sized passengers taking up too much room at 12.8%.

"As air carriers continue to charge added fees, Canadians will continue to weigh the costs," said Naman Budhdeo, CEO of FlightNetwork.com. "The important thing is for Canadians to continue to have a choice between cost savings and reasonable flight amenities."

Running until December 2010, the State of Air Travel Poll will utilize FlightNetwork.com's Blog, Facebook page and customer database to reach Canadians and ask for their input. Poll topics will cover a range of issues including green travel, plus sized passengers, if cell phones should be allowed on planes and Canada's best and worst airports.

About FlightNetwork.com (www.flightnetwork.com)

As one of Canada's largest online flight booking sites by volume (second only to Expedia.ca in Canada), FlightNetwork.com's proprietary flight booking engine offers consumers the advantages of last second booking, searches of over 250 airfares per transaction and unique mix and match fares that allow booking on different airlines for departure and return flights to get the lowest fares possible.

FlightNetwork.com advertises and delivers the 'lowest airfares from the top airlines' by offering consumers access to over 2 million bulk rates negotiated with major airlines. Backing up Flight Network's award winning online service are 65 insightful and well travelled flight specialists in the FlightNetwork.com call centre.

FlightNetwork.com was recently named to the 22nd annual PROFIT 100 ranking of Canada's Fastest Growing Companies by PROFIT Magazine.

Ranking Canada's Fastest-Growing Companies by five-year revenue growth, the PROFIT 100 profiles the country's most successful growth companies. Published in the June issue of PROFIT and online at PROFIT100.com, the PROFIT 100 is Canada's largest annual celebration of entrepreneurial achievement.

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