With Singapore Airlines' low-cost offshoot Scoot joining Malaysia Airlines and AirAsia X in declaring a child-free zone, TripAdvisor reports that almost one in three Australian travellers would be prepared to pay extra to sit in part of an aircraft from which children where banned.
After polling 1,800 Australians, 61% said they would be willing to pay more for a seat in a child-free section.
While 21% of the survey respondents would not pay a kid-free surcharge and 8% indicated they have no preference, 11% of those polled rated the concept of child-free zones was 'offensive'.
However, the TripAdvisor poll didn't broach the question of how much extra travellers would be willing to pay for flying in blessed silence.
Scoot charges A$16 on top of a regular economy fare to sit in its small 'ScootinSilence' economy cabin, located at the very front of the economy section of its Boeing 777s, while AirAsia X charges A$11-A$35 (depending on the route) for its Quiet Zone area in the first seven rows of economy.
Interestingly, a similar TripAdvisor poll held in the UK in February this year saw the Brits divided almost equally on the topic, with 41% willing to pay up and 43% against the extra-fare concept.
This could reflect the fact that we Australians tend to fly for much longer distances to get anywhere, so the lure of a child-free cabin has a much higher value.
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