AMERICAS: FAA forecasts US air travel to double by 2013

The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) released its annual forecast recently predicting that air travel will more than double in the US over the next 20 years, underscoring the need to keep the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen) on track to accommodate future growth. “We need to invest in aviation today to make sure […]


The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) released its annual forecast recently predicting that air travel will more than double in the US over the next 20 years, underscoring the need to keep the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen) on track to accommodate future growth. “We need to invest in aviation today to make sure America’s economy remains competitive,” said US Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood. “Innovative Next Gen technology will help meet the demands of the future by getting passengers to their destinations safely and more quickly.” The FAA Aerospace Forecast Fiscal Years 2011-2031 predicts that US airlines will reach the one billion passengers-peryear mark by 2021, two years earlier than last year’s prediction of 2023. Total air cargo RTMs (freight/express and mail) increase from 35.9 billion in 2010 to 93.2 billion in 2031 – up an average of 4.7 per cent a year; domestic RTMs increase 2.8 per cent a year; international RTMs increase 5.5 per cent a year. The cargo fleet increases from 806 aircraft in 2010 to 1,251 aircraft in 2031, an average increase of 2.1 per cent a year. The general aviation fleet increases from 224,172 aircraft in 2010 to 270,920 in 2031, growing an average of 0.9 per cent a year.