The future of the airline industry is dependent on the contingencies of oil prices, cash reserves, and the global economy. Airline manufacturers are already working on ways to make aircrafts out of lighter composites along new airplane engine designs that will require less fuel. This will ultimately promote energy savings and reduce the amount of fuel that planes will need to fly. In other words, the future trend of the airline industry is to become more environmentally friendly. This could result in cheaper prices for passengers who are purchasing flight tickets. But at the same time, the new technology and resources being used at airports these days may prevent prices from getting too cheap.
In the old days, airplanes used to have comfortable seats and plenty of space for everyone to move around in. Now airplanes are built smaller and more cheaply. Meanwhile, airlines are trying to fit as many passengers as they can into one flight. Instead of two people per row, you have three people per row and with very little leg room in front. That’s actually the good news. The bad news is there will be more flight delays, bigger lines to wait in at the ticket booth, and multiple connecting flights just to get to your domestic destination. The reason for all of this has to do with the increasing population of the world. As more people grow up and become adults, this means more people will be flying. Unless the airports are made bigger, then you are going to see huge crowds at virtually every airport around the globe.
Fortunately, airlines and technology are going to become one in order to move these people along faster. Passengers will have more options for purchasing airline tickets before they even get to the airport. This means purchasing through a travel broker website or through a mobile app. That way the lines at the airport will be reduced because everyone will already have their tickets available. But what’s really neat is the mobile check-in option where people can use virtual boarding passes from their smartphones to move right along throughout the terminal. However, airport security is going to increase with the growing threat of terrorism around the world. So you will still have to be screened and likely patted down each time you enter a security checkpoint. There may be technology that will assist in this process, such as the body scanning mechanism that some airports are using, but you can always count on an actual TSA agent being there to manually check your bags.