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13:35 / 02.02.2019 315

President of the ICAO Council: Worldwide air travel will double by 2035 

By 2035, the volume of transportation of air passengers and air cargo will be more than double, President of the Council of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu said.

Speaking in Dubai at the International Aviation Investment Summit, Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu said that in 2018, airlines around the world made 38 million flights and carried a record number of passengers. 4,3 billion people used their services. In addition, 58 million tons of cargo was transported by air. 

By 2035, according to an ICAO representative, the number of passenger flights and air cargo will grow more than double.

Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu stressed that such a large number of flights to various destinations around the world can only be achieved with highly qualified and experienced personnel. Currently, the industry worldwide employs 65 million people.

“Countries that are now investing necessary funds in the national and international aviation infrastructure and the development of new technologies will receive significant benefits in the coming decades due to the rapid development of the air transport network,” Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu said.

He added that aviation is extremely important for any state, since it provides access to international markets, creates jobs, stimulates tourism and promotes trade.