Director David Orkin says that four years ago only 1 per cent of travellers chose business class - 'In the days when it cost pounds 3,000, it really was only executives who could be found in that section.' But with business-class fares falling by up to half - a return from London to Sydney now costs pounds 1,600 - Quest estimates that 17 per cent of tourists opt for the upgrade. However, Mr Orkin warns that cut-price business class to Australia may soon be ending. Both Singapore Airlines and Qantas have said they will increase business-class fares by 10 per cent before the end of June.
AN INCREASING number of tourists flying to Australia are paying the extra to upgrade to business class, according to long-haul specialist Quest Worldwide (081-547 3322).