Traffic jam in the air?

We posted some time back how the volume of travel traffic has been continuing to grow (here) despite the great recession of 2008 and seeming economic decline/crisis (depends on your view) in the last 8 years.

Well, more forecasts have come to light (read here).

Can you imagine the following:

  • 7.2 billion (yep with a capital B) people will be flying across the planet in the year 2035?
  • That’s almost 20 million passengers per day, every day of the calendar year!
  • Assuming each flight takes 300 people, that’s 67,000 flights per day.

There may be >43,000 airports all over the world according to IATA, but most of the flights will be concentrated in hubs. Imagine the traffic jam! Recall that we also delved into the topic of how all these flight congestions in the air is managed (read here). This will become ever more challenging. Let’s hope that the technology and processes keep pace with flight volumes. And keep us safe!

Then there is the trend of ever more security measures being deployed in response to risks posed by terrorist groups. Set aside your environmental concerns for a moment. What do you think the consequences will be? Longer wait times at the security check? It gets really crowded at the attractions you want to go see? Longer queues for transport from the airport?

In a world where almost half of its inhabitants are on the move for some reason or another, just how will travel journeys be like in 2035? What do you think?

Author: Mel & Suan

Mel works his day job for a living, but lives for antiquities, history and geography at all other times. He enjoys writing and thought sharing and obviously traveling. Suan is a homey person, who like girlie stuff such as cross stitching etc. Enjoys shopping & modeling for Mel. What a match!

9 thoughts on “Traffic jam in the air?”

  1. I like to read your numbers here ( I guess you had to do a little research). Traveling is so much easier now. You can book everything without talking to one person. More people travel because they have to( for work) or like me (just for pleasure). I see airplanes in the sky all the time. We were close by the LA airport a few days ago and it was busy up there. I really wonder too how the sky will be in 2035. I hope I will be on one of those planes…and until then I would have been visiting many countries I haven’t seen yet.

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    1. It all sounds sensational and baffling and all with the numbers doesn’t it? Sometimes we are not sure if that number is right. Perhaps they are not all plane travelers. Many will be on the roads instead. But for us, it is the crush of humanity that can be expected is the point. We read somewhere that it is now the ‘sport’ to take pictures of tourists taking pictures! lol


    1. Indeed! Just imagine the number of people flying around, taking trains, buses and on cruises. And during peak holiday seasons too! We hope by 2035 we are safely retired from traveling…lol


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