In 2040, more people and goods will fly
The world is evolving faster than ever and the economy will globalise and grow further. In this, Asia (+4.1% growth) and Africa (+3.7% growth)1 will set the tone. In general, the world economy will grow, but in Europe this growth is slower (+1.8%) than in the rest of the world (+2.9%).
By 2040, the world population will have grown to an estimated 8.8 billion people. They will mainly live in cities and enjoy, on average, greater prosperity than now.
Two2 out of three will enjoy a middle class income. The average life expectancy will also continue to increase. Thanks to these new life styles and resources, a growing number of people will travel.
Three out of four3 people from the growth countries in Africa, Asia and South America will travel at least once a year by plane, compared to one out of four today.
Cities will grow, new cities will even be built next to airports. The size of a city and its economic activities will be determined by its accessibility. The more possibilities for reaching a city, the more trading opportunities. Centuries ago, cities arose next to rivers and roads, later near train stations. Today, more and more cities are developing around airports.
A growing population and economy confronts the world with various environmental challenges. The three most important challenges for the aviation industry are carbon emissions, particulate matter and noise. New aircraft technologies and additional investments in airports offer an answer to this.
With more people and goods flying in the future, airports will play a crucial role in the European economy. They are also a powerful engine for the prosperity of society and the economy. They attract companies, create jobs and stimulate international trade.