skip to main content skip to main navigation
Spring 2011 / Issue 62 (originally published by Booz & Company)

Data Points: Why Air Travel Is Bound to Boom

Few sectors will benefit as much from globalization and economic development as air travel. People in emerging economies typically can’t afford to fly much, but as their income rises (the x-axis), so does their number of airplane trips per capita (the y-axis). Note the inflection point when income passes the US$20,000 mark. As tens of millions of people in populous nations such as China and India move into the middle class, the skies will become a lot more crowded.

Source: Booz & Company (Tom Hansson/Marty Bollinger/Timm Pietsch)

The business insights you need to succeed. Get s+b’s best ideas delivered to your inbox twice a week.
More PwC insights
Bold insights for bold leaders. A new series that addresses the most urgent forces facing business leaders in 2021 — and beyond. Explore the series.

Get the strategy+business newsletter delivered to your inbox