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?