Global Aviation Industry Trends For 2021
In 2020, the aviation industry marked the most critical year in history as per the International Air Travel Industry. Thankfully, this year is now behind us, and we need to focus on reviving our travel industry. The eclectic ideas for the transformation in the airport premises, the safety of passengers and employees and streamlining the airports and airlines operations are making wonders in the industry.
As a result, several airlines have come up with the right blend of travel technology innovations to have sustainable growth, maximize profits, and improve their customers’ travel experience.
Here are some of the aviation industry trends in 2021 across the globe that would bring an impactful change in the airline sector:
Sustainability Is The Key
The well-known negative impact of the covid-19 pandemic that everyone came across now stands out with one positive point, the decline in air pollution. The pandemic certainly had an impact on the journey towards sustainability for the aviation industry. Covid has been good for today and the future with very few planes in the sky and the retirement of less efficient or older aircraft reducing the release of carbon in the atmosphere.
The senior vice president of Aircraft Operations and Safety at Inmarsat Aviation, John Broughton, says that “The covid crisis is the key to analyzing and recommitting to sustainability targets. Airlines can aid the efforts and make this outcome possible through committing moves in permanently retiring less fuel-efficient aircraft from service.
In order to keep up this drive, the global government movements should be towards investing more in green technology for aviation, providing extra incentives and more precise, alongside the plans for modernization of the air traffic network.
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has predicted a double the time increase in air travel numbers before 2038. If necessary steps are not taken to reduce the carbon emission footprints that aircraft leave behind, the environment gets polluted repeatedly.
However, air and ground traffic management has adapted to human and AI technology and electrically powered equipment with the major objectives of decarbonization and green technology investment to improve sustainability for the coming years.
Rise Of Crypto As Payment Currency
The world of international commerce is progressing faster than ever, from blockchain and Fintech to AI and cryptocurrencies. Cryptocurrencies are the most secure, faster payment method that incurs lesser transaction charges when compared to credit and debit card payment methods. Additionally, leveraging innovative payment methods makes flight bookings easier for travellers.
Many industries are getting adapted to this innovative technology as an alternative payment method. Fortunately, the travel sector admires innovations in technology and gets adopted to those that exhibit great promise. Several airlines have already introduced digital check-ins, tickets and flight management alongside digital payment in order.
Eventhough cryptocurrencies are not yet noticeable in the aviation industry, bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies are remarkably potential.
Digitization Of Health Passport And Vaccination Visas
Digital health passports is the emerging travel technology trend heard widely across the aviation industry during the past few months in response to the covid-19 pandemic. The concept of health passports is not new among travellers, but the latest focus is now digitizing it and using it to create digital health passports in the world.
There are multiple initiatives taken to develop and deploy digital health passports across the world. In 2019, the CommonPass project was introduced following a partnership between the Common Project, a coalition of private and public partners, and the World Economic Forum plans to standardize the ways to verify lab results and vaccination records.
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) recently introduced the TravelPass app that assists travellers in providing their test results at the airport and airlines. This helps governments to verify the genuineness of passengers’ vaccination proofs and identities.
Also, the European Union (EU) has introduced digital covid-19 certificates to promote a smooth and safe travel experience during the pandemic. This means travellers willing to skip quarantine must provide this digital health passport with proof of their vaccination, tests and recovery status.
As the covid-19 pandemic continues to challenge the travel industry, many travel technology advancements rise as innovative trends. This is the time to rethink and refresh the lingering areas in terms of digitization and outlook, not only the revival of activities but also the employment prospects. Overall, the aviation industry trends mentioned above are the accelerated digital future for the successful growth and recovery of the travel sector.