By 2035, the volume of air travel will double in the world – ICAO

Investments in developing air transport will pay off handsomely in the near future. After all, according to forecasts, the volume of transportation of air passengers and air freights will more than double by 2035, according to the President of the ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organization) Council, Dr. Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu.

In his keynote address to the Global Aviation Investment Summit in Dubai, he said that Last year, some 4.3 billion passengers and 58 million metric tons of freight were carried by global commercial operators, on 38 million flights. President Aliu underscored that “with this massive volume of operations, and noting air transport’s important access and connectivity benefits, it is not difficult to appreciate why our sector is responsible today for providing meaningful employment and sustainable careers to over 65 million men and women worldwide, while contributing more than 2.7 trillion dollars to global GDP.”

He also highlighted that both air passenger traffic and air freight traffic globally should more than double by 2035, and that “the countries which make the needed investments required now in national and regional infrastructure, capacity, and technologies, will also be the ones which will benefit the most in the coming decades from aviation’s rapidly accelerating global connectivity.”

Dr. Aliu stressed the importance of developing and implementing national and regional aviation infrastructure programmes and plans in full cooperation with the investment stakeholder community, noting as well that State planning must also have strategic infrastructure targets and performance ambitions that are guided by and consistent with ICAO’s Global Plans.

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