If you’re thinking about traveling 20 years from now, you may want to consider getting your airline tickets now. Just kidding. That’s impossible. But, the fact that people will be taking to the skies at an unprecedented rate is absolutely true.
According to the International Air Transport Association (IATA), the number of worldwide passengers is expected to nearly double, from the 4 billion air travelers expected this year to 7.8 billion by 2036. And, to no one’s surprise, it will be the Asia-Pacific market largely driving the growth. The APAC region is predicted to account for more than half of all the new passengers over the next two decades and China is expected to displace the United States as the world’s largest aviation market by 2022.
The report paints an encouraging for the airline industry, but as people throughout the globe increasingly travel, current infrastructure will undergo stress and be forced to modernize. Terminals, runways, shuttles, and even baggage claim operations will need to be updated and improved.
“All indicators lead to growing demand for global connectivity. The world needs to prepare for a doubling of passengers in the next 20 years. It’s fantastic news for innovation and prosperity, which is driven by air links. It is also a huge challenge for governments and industry to ensure we can successfully meet this essential demand,”
said Alexandre de Juniac, IATA’s Director General and CEO.
If the travel industry’s biggest problem moving forward is the massive influx of airline passengers, it should be in good shape for at least the next couple of decades. It will adapt and advance – as it always does.
Here’s some more travel news you can use:
- Since we’re on the topic of travel forecasts, Booking.com has revealed its “Eight Travel Predictions for 2018” and, apparently, people will soon be too lazy to even plan their own trips. Among other (7 other) findings, the data showed that almost a third (29%) of global travelers said they are comfortable letting a computer plan an upcoming trip based on data from their previous travel history.
- In perhaps the most controversial news of the week, the Daily Beast is reporting that the NAACP, or the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, has issued a warning to black travelers that they could be subject to discrimination or even unsafe conditions, if they fly on American Airlines. The NAACP states that based on “a pattern of disturbing incidents reported by African-American passengers, specific to American Airlines” there may be a corporate culture of racial insensitivity.
American's CEO, Doug Parker, said that he was “disappointed” by the announcement and that American has reached out to the civil rights group for a meeting.
- International travelers headed to the United States will soon have to go through a new set of security measures. In what’s being described as a compromise between the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and global airlines, USA Today is reporting that at least four long-haul carriers – including Cathay Pacific, EgyptAir, Emirates, and Lufthansa – will now conduct “security interviews” for all passengers America-bound.