Issue 2001-10 - Friday, October 12, 2001
|French airline web sites - Figures for September 2001|
- Average time spent on the sites of the sector in September 2001: 5 minutes and 33 seconds.
- Average number of visits per visitor in September 2001: 4.79 visits per visitor.
Concentration rate on the sector:
The concentration on the sector is greatly influenced by the importance of market shares held by the biggest standard airline companies on the French territory. Air France arrives first, without any surprise.
What is more, due to the difficulties French actors on the sector have been facing for many months now, it is hardly surprising to see 7 foreign companies ranked among the 9 most important web sites in terms of traffic.
And finally, even though the leading position held by Air France is far from being questioned yet, please note the presence of easyjet.com among the leading web sites. Indeed, easyjet.com chose a business model that proves particularly well suited to the Internet.
Evolution of the Internet coverage rate:
One of the most interesting elements of these new figures concerns the Internet coverage rate of the sector as well as the impact the tragic events of September 11, 2001 might have had on the visits paid on airline web sites.
We could have thought that these events would have an obvious impact on the traffic registered on the sites of the sector and yet we cannot help but notice that this was not so as the coverage rate for the sector was 5.54% in September 01 compared to 5.66% in July or even 5.54% in May.
Of course, the question is not to analyse the "quality" of this traffic (to get online news of the disruptions caused by the catastrophe, for instance), but to analyse its volume.
As a result, we notice that, apart from last June, traffic is the same as it was in the last months, and this consistency was noticed on nearly all the sites of the sector.
To that matter, in order to confirm this consistency in the use of airline web sites, you should know that the number of visits per visitor was 4.79 in September, compared to 4.62 in July.
Seemingly, specific Internet customers would have only been slightly affected by the American events.
For your information, please see below the list (in alphabetical order) of the most important web sites in the sector for September 2001:
Source : BVA TFC Research
|Traffic rises on eTourism web sites throughout the world, except in France|
This seems to be quite a common phenomenon on a world scale and even though we did notice that traffic decreased on eTravel web sites at the time of the tragic events of September 11, 2001, it peaked up again at the end of the month.
According to the figures provided by Nielsen/Netratings for the American market, traffic returned to normal on eTravel web sites in the last week of September 01.
American airline companies
This is how most airline company web sites saw a considerable increase in traffic between the first week (before the events) and the last week of September.
As far as Delta Airlines is concerned, it saw a 32% increase in traffic between the first and the last week. The same thing happens on United Airlines: +30%.
American eTourism web sites
Please note that the discounter Hotwire.com saw a 11% increase in traffic over the same period.
And finally, Expedia.com web site saw a 7% increase in traffic. Please note that Expedia.com web site, still according to Nielsen/Netratings, registered a total of 1.8 million visitors over the last week of September 01.
An optimism that needs restraining
Nevertheless, I think that we should not be too optimistic as far as these figures are concerned as I never received as many promotional emails from American eTourism and eTravel web sites during the period that followed the attacks.
As a result, I think that this increase of promotional offers certainly helped maintain and then increase the volume of traffic registered on eTravel and eTourism web sites.
I also think
that some other phenomena, such as the need for information during this
period, probably helped maintain and even increase traffic on these sites,
as the figures provided by United Airlines indicate (please see article
As far as French eTourism web sites are concerned, they have been going through a much more difficult time and the situation was certainly made worse by the fact that almost every site put an end to its advertising spending at once, whether it was on or offline.
The figures of BVA TFC Research work/office panel give the following results, taking 100% as a basis for the first week of September 01 and basing ourselves on the activity rates of the first 7 TO and agency web sites over this period:
These figures indicate that three weeks after the events of September 11, 2001, the activity rate that can be seen on these sites still proves 15% lower than what it used to be at the beginning of September 01.
Source : Nielsen/Netratings
|The last NBTA survey views the future of business travel in a more optimistic light|
NBTA surveyed over 200 American corporations and came to the following results:
This optimism depends on the safety measures American authorities will take:
Let me remind you that NBTA members account for as much as 70% of the $185 billion expenditures within the business travel industry.
Source : NBTA
|A return to normal on Travelocity.com, Expedia.com and Orbitz.com web sites|
eTourism web sites
Here are the results measured by Webhancer between September 11 and October 5, 2001 on eTourism web sites:
As far as United Airlines web sites are concerned, results prove different:
We can see that the need for information probably played a considerable part in the Internet traffic of airline company web sites just after the attacks.
Source : Webhancer
|Consumers' opinion after 09/11: a TIA study|
And yet, please note that:
Nevertheless, this study revealed that fear of unemployment and financial difficulties were mostly what worried these consumers and might dissuade them from travelling, much more than safety itself. Indeed, only 6% of the respondents cited security problems as a major element.
This study was made before the start of the American counterattacks in Afghanistan, and maybe safety issues have now become more important for these American consumers
Source : TIA