The popularity of flying and visiting new and exotic places has seen air passenger numbers soar during the last two decades. This is a trend that is predicted to remain the same over the next 20 years.
With the demand for both cheap flights and long-haul flights set to double in the next two decades, numbers of larger aircraft (planes that provide more than 100 seats) are predicted to increase from their current 15,000 to 31,000 by the year 2030. Airbus, the leading manufacturer of super seater jumbo jets said:
“Over the next 20 years, Asia-Pacific will account for 34 per cent of demand, Europe 22 per cent and North America 22 per cent. Low-cost airlines will make up around 19 per cent of all air traffic by 2030, compared with around 5 per cent currently.”
The vast increase predicted for the demand in cheap flights could be good news for holidaymakers and travellers as airlines compete more fiercely for their market share, encouraging them to provide better service and lower prices than the competition.
The predicted increase in demand for long-haul flights is also a heartening indication that people are taking greater interest in discovering countries and cultures that are new and exciting for them.
Provided that the world’s many airlines continue to make efforts to reduce their carbon emissions, encouraged by their respective governments, then the increased demand for flights could have significant benefits for both the travel industry and the holidaymakers that it serves.