Standing room only: Airline to remove all seats?

So an interesting story surfaced today. The Independent is reporting that Colombian budget airline, VivaColombia, are considering removing all the seats from their aircraft in an effort to cram more people in and reduce fares.

To be honest, it’s a comment that stinks of a PR hook to me. It comes at the same time that the no frills carrier announce that they have added 50 new Airbus 320s to their fleet to help cope with the increase of tourism to Colombia.

Increase in visitors to Colombia

Now that is not a lie, 2016 saw a 13% overall increase of foreign visitors to Colombia and the upward trend is continuing in 2017. Colombia has huge potential as an up and coming traveling hotspot, with pristine beaches, stunning jungle and many hidden architectural treasures, I think now is the best time to visit.

Las Lajas Sanctuary is a basilica church located in the southern Department of Nariño, municipality of Ipiales, Colombia. The place is a popular pilgrimage location since the apparition of the Virgin Mary in 1754. The first shrine was built by 1750 and was replaced by a bigger one in 1802 including a bridge over the canyon of the Guáitara River. The present temple, of Gothic Revival style, was built between 1916 and 1949.
Click to visit The Travel Blogs Post ‘One of the most beautiful churches in the world’ Photo: Diego Delso,, License CC-BY-SA


Anyway, back to this standing room only story. Although I love the idea of cheaper flights, this is surely a no go. What about turbulence? Do they tie your feet to the floor? Then there is the issue of people moving around, what about if the aircraft turns and everyone shifts to one side of the airplane, surely it will lose balance. Now I am no aero expert, but that doesn’t seem like it can work to me.

What the CEO has to say

The best part of the article for me was this quote from VivaColombia’s founder and CEO, William Shaw, his view: “Who cares if you don’t have an in-flight entertainment system for a one-hour flight? Who cares that there aren’t marble floors . . . or that you don’t get free peanuts?”

Marble floors? I wonder who he flies with!

What do you think? Would you fly standing up for cheaper fares? Let us know in the comments.


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8 thoughts on “Standing room only: Airline to remove all seats?”

  1. This is a bad idea.
    Yes people are looking for cheap flights and those saving money do not purchase expensive tickets and are okay with low quality service, but removing seats is 100% bad idea.

    How will the passengers buckle up during take off and landing??


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