Global Air Travel Is Being Held Back by a Worsening Runway Shortage

With global passenger numbers forecast to almost double to 7.8 billion by 2036, runways, airports, and even airspace could rapidly become too crowded to cope. In Asia, which will contribute more than half of the extra flyers, many terminals are already full to bursting.

“Infrastructure is a bigger threat to the growth of airlines than the price of oil,” Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker said in an interview Tuesday on Bloomberg Television. “There is today a capacity shortage of more than a billion passengers across the globe.

In Asia, eight of the top 11 terminals are already full, Asian Sky Group said in its 2017 infrastructure report.

Pressure at the London hub, Europe’s busiest, may be relieved after the U.K. government decided Tuesday to put plans for a third runway to a parliamentary vote.

Collected and summarized from the source below by GiangTan