Bloomberg | Quint - Mary Schlangenstein

It’s an age-old question: “Business or pleasure?” For airline passengers these days, the answer increasingly is both.

The growth in so-called “bleisure” trips blending personal getaways with remote work has helped fill seats on planes during the coronavirus pandemic and marks a shift in travel patterns for an industry used to clear divisions between briefcase-toting road warriors and sun-tanned vacationers.

Such excursions have been on the rise as the spread of the omicron variant has delayed the return to offices, especially among larger employers. The share of business trips that include a weekend has increased 23 percentage points to 38% since 2019, according to corporate travel manager TripActions Inc. 

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