March 19th, 2012|
March 19, 2012
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) predicts that airline travel will nearly double over the next two decades, growing enough to add another airline every year, reports USA Today.
According to the FAA’s annual forecast, the number of passengers will grow from a projected 732 million this year to 1.2 billion in 2032.
Under another measure, the number of miles that those passengers fly will grow from 815 billion last year to 1.57 trillion in 2032.
The forecast also projects growth of commercial operations at the largest 30 airports. New York’s John F. Kennedy, Washington’s Dulles, Chicago’s Midway, Orlando’s, Houston’s, and Las Vegas’s are expected to grow the fastest.
The Transportation Secretary said that the report underscored the importance of updating the country’s air-traffic control system.
“More and more Americans are relying on air travel, and the Obama administration is committed to making sure the U.S. can meet our growing aviation demands,” he said.
Despite expectations for higher fuel prices and a U.S. economy growing slower than some of the rest of the world, airline travel growth is still expected to be high.
This year’s FAA’s prediction of the pace of airline travel growth is slightly slower than last year’s forecast.
What factors do you think are leading to more airline travel?