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71% of respondents confess that their busy schedule means key business contacts are neglected
London - May 11. PremiAir, a leading business helicopter charter and management organisation, today announced the findings of an independently commissioned research report which shows that senior executives waste, on average, a full working week each year as a result of travel contingency planning. The long suffering road and rail systems are now so unpredictable that 86% of business leaders interviewed allowed for a level of contingency time when planning journeys in and around the UK.

A staggering 42% schedule an overnight stay if they have a long distance appointment and 20% will delay their return journeys to avoid rush hour traffic. In other instances, 55% will ensure they catch an earlier train to allow for any delays and those who brave the traffic jams allow up to as much as 50% additional travelling time for their journey. 37% of the senior executives interviewed for the research were unable to estimate how much time they waste in a typical working month by making such allowances in their schedule, but for some (7%) the number of hours wasted was equal to one working day.

“Allowing for major delays on the roads or the rails when making a journey is widely accepted,” commented David McRobert, Managing Director at PremiAir Aviation. “We are known as a nation of people who love to stand patiently in line but at the same time we invest thousands of pounds in modern day devices to make our working lives more efficient. I don’t understand why British business people are still happy to sit in traffic jams, or on delayed trains, when there are alternative travel options open to them which will save them valuable time and ultimately allow the working week to be so much more productive.”

The findings of the report, conducted by Dynamic Markets on behalf of PremiAir, showed that 60% of business leaders say they would spend more time visiting key business contacts if they could find a more time-efficient way to travel to business meetings and a shocking 71% confessed that their busy schedule means some key business contacts get neglected – far from ideal when the business environment is becoming even more competitive. The executives interviewed also cited other potential benefits from reducing travel time pressure such as life being less hectic (63%), more time to plan for meetings (46%) and performing better in meetings (29%) amongst others.

“Helicopter travel is perceived to be expensive but the time savings that it brings are priceless for busy executives,” continued McRobert. “A helicopter flight from London to Birmingham takes approximately 45 minutes. On a train, the journey would take 90 minutes, not allowing for travel to the mainline station in the first place. A car from London to Birmingham brings with it a suggested travel time allowance of at least 3 hours during rush hour – that option would make attending a two hour meeting nearly a day’s work, where a helicopter could have you back in the office in a few hours later or indeed a few hundred miles away at your next meeting” he concluded.

According to the Department for Transport ( total traffic in the fourth quarter of 2004 (in Great Britain) was an estimated 2.3 per cent higher than in quarter 4 2003. Taking the year as a whole, traffic was 1.7 per cent higher than in 2003. Congestion is the most serious issue for car users in London (33%), the South East (27%), the South West (23%) and the Midlands/East Anglia (20%). 23% of people affected by congestion report that they experienced it every day, and a further 55% experienced it at least once a week.

About the Research.
The research report was commissioned by PremiAir Aviation Group Ltd. A total of 100 interviews were collected with UK CEO’s, MD’s and heads of sales and/or marketing in UK organisations with more than 250 employees. All companies are multi-site organisations. 48% of the sample are heads of their companies at CEO or MD level.

About PremiAir
PremiAir offers the largest and most comprehensive business helicopter charter service in the UK. With over 140 employees it operates from South-East bases at Denham near Uxbridge and Blackbushe near Camberley. The company has been in existence for over 20 years and is wholly owned by the Sir Robert McAlpine Group, established in 1869 and involved with commercial aviation since the 1940s. PremiAir’s charter fleet includes a mix of Sikorsky S76, Agusta 109, Bell 222 and Eurocopter Twin Squirrel aircraft. All PremiAir business helicopters are equipped with similar instrumentation to airliners, enabling them to fly in most weather conditions and at night. PremiAir pilots each have thousands of flying hours experience and are continuously subjected to stringent training programmes. All of its aircraft are maintained by the company’s own world-class engineering and maintenance team. Visit, Tel: 01252 890089, Email:

For further information contact:
Natalie Sutton, Proud Public Relations
Tel: +44 (0) 7768 026197 / +44(0) 1276 679570,
Heidi Churchill, PremiAir
Tel: +44 (0) 1252 890089,

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