Kingfisher Airlines still enjoys goodwill among Indian travellers who are optimistic about its revival sometime in the future, according to a recent survey conducted by tripadvisor.in, a global travel site.
As many as 74% of the respondents to the survey, conducted across 2,800 respondents a fortnight back, were optimistic about the revival of Kingfisher airline, TripAdvisor India country manager, Nikhil Ganju, told media persons here on Wednesday.
Kingfisher's operations were stalled since October 1, this year following a strike by its pilots and engineering staff over non-payment of salaries. This year, as per the survey, IndiGo and Jet Airways were close contenders for the title of "Favourite Domestic Airline", displacing two time winner Kingfisher Airlines, with IndiGo taking the lead by a small margin. The survey, however, stated that Air India closely followed by Kingfisher was perceived as the most unsafe airline by Indian travellers while Jet Airways was voted as the safest domestic airline closely followed by IndiGo. With regard to international travel, Emirates leads for the third year in a row with 26% of the respondents voting it as the "Best International Airline" followed by Singapore Airline ( 15%) and Lufthansa (11%). Releasing the survey, Ganju said that the aim of TripAdvisor, which started its operations in India in 2008, was to become the largest travel site in the country in a couple of years. "tripadvisor is currently the number one Website in the country for destinations and accommodations.
Now, we want to become the largest travel site also on the transactions side', he said replying to a query.