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VivaColombia proposes standing room only in economy class

VivaColombiaA South American airline has tabled a proposal which could see passengers offered standing room only on its flights. The CEO of VivaColombia says ripping out seats in aircraft cabins would create more space and allow the airline to cram in extra passengers on each flight.

William Shaw told reporters the airline was all for any means of making travel cheaper. He added that VivaColombia was a low-cost carrier and the additional payload each flight would be able to carry would enable working-class people from Colombia to fly at prices they could afford.

Mr Shaw continued by saying the feasibility of flying standing up was being investigated. He finished off with the claim that most travellers would not care if they had to stand and there were no add-ons like snacks and in-flight entertainment when they were only in the air for an hour.

The CEO is also the founder of VivaColombia. The airline began flying in 2012. It currently has a fleet of 11 Airbus A320s and two bases of operations: one at Medellin Airport and the other at Bogota Airport. VivaColombia flies mostly to domestic destinations but does serve routes to Miami, Panama, Peru and Ecuador.

VivaColombia‚Äôs proposal is not the first time the matter of standing room only flights has surfaced. Five years ago, Ryanair CEO Michael O’Leary said safety regulators had vetoed a proposal to test out mixed standing and seating passenger cabins. He had previously stated the standing areas would be designed like London Tube carriages with a small ledge to perch on and hanging straps.

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