Walk into any airport in the world today and the milling crowds of passengers are a testament to the unprecedented popularity of air travel. Today, when the remotest corners of the world are getting connected, the future of flying looks brighter than ever before. Whether you’re a jet-setting businessman for whom frequent air travel is the norm or an adventurous student on a shoe-string budget – the significance of air travel can’t be denied. Here are the top 10 currents that the next 10 years will bring in.

  1. Rise in the Number of Air Passengers

Rise in the number of flyers is expected to be among the top travel industry trends for the next decade-and-a-half. According to a report by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) the number of flyers will sky-rocket to 7.2 billion in 2035, up from 3.8 billion in 2016. Rising incomes in the developing world and cheaper airline tickets are making air travel more accessible.

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  1. International Travel Will Become Mainstream

As the numbers of airline passengers are expected to double by 2035, international travel is sure to become much more commonplace. This will translate into a larger network of international routes and new international airlines, thereby creating a competitive market and spurring an increased number of flight searches.

  1. Expanding Destinations With a Point-to-Point Model

A gradual shift from the hub-to-spoke to the point-to-point model has meant direct routes between pairs of cities. This allows catering to seasonal routes on smaller fuel-efficient airlines when the capacity of a jumbo jet is not required.

  1. Safer and Evolved Aircrafts

New, fuel-efficient variants of the much-loved older aircrafts are on the cards. For instance, Boeing is set to launch a middle-of-market aircraft to bridge the gap between 737 and 787 Dreamliners in terms of capacity and range. Even Airbus has plans to release new ‘NEO’ versions of its A330 line.

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  1. Growth of Low-Cost Carriers

Flight price trends are expected to change and see a major fall in airfares due to the growth of budget flights. Low-cost airlines are mostly tied to serving specific routes. But as one sees them gradually inching into the international space, many experts predict that they’ll rule the market in the not-too-distant future.

  1. Increase in Demand for Aviation Staff

Since thousands of new airplanes are expected to be added to airline fleets (new airlines are expected to enter the market as well), the demand for on-ground and in-flight crew members will rise in the next two decades. The demand is predicted to be the highest in the Asia-Pacific region (38.6%).

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  1. Major Regional Growth to Take Place

The aviation industry is expected to see a massive regional growth due to economic development and construction of new airports. Africa and the Middle-East are expected to experience an annual growth rate of 4.8% and 5.1% respectively while the Asia-Pacific region, with 100 million new passengers per year is estimated to experience an annual growth rate of 4.7%. Moreover, China is set to overtake the U.S. as the world’s largest passenger aviation market.

  1. Efficient Air Traffic Control

If flying is expected to increase manifold in the next decade, it is only pertinent to ensure better air traffic management. The US Federal Aviation Administration is refining the next-generation Air Transport system, a satellite program that uses GPS for navigation, including for easing airspace congestion. It is already functional at several American airports.

  1. Technology Will be King

Technology has made inroads into every sector and the aviation industry is no stranger to it. The use of technology will only grow in the upcoming years. Everything, from airport security checks to in-flight entertainment, will be taken over by technology – high-speed in-flight Wi-Fi, Biometric facial recognition, RFID tags, and what have you.

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  1. Greater Green Measures

Given the present air travel trends, it is obvious that going green is the need of the hour. To this extent, 68 countries that account for 90% of the world’s aviation have signed the Carbon Offsetting Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA) for carbon-neutral growth. As a result of lower fuel consumption, the airlines are also expected to make higher profits.

What do these new directions in aviation mean to you? Comfortable, safe and responsible travel at the best prices! Just log on to Fly.com, the most user-friendly air travel site and experience the wonders of flying.

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