In the twentieth century, nothing could be considered more influential in advancing the world economy and exchanging people than the airports and airlines that used them. For thousands of years man has hoped for navigation to reach the far corners of the world. We used to rely on ocean and sea vessels – from gold and diamonds to spices to rice and wheat. At the turn of the twentieth century, we entered a new exciting era when the Wright Brothers made their successful flight to Kitty Hawk, North Carolina; and effectively flew into history and a new era.
Today’s planes are far from their humble and elementary beginnings. In the 21st century, a supersonic aircraft is the norm. Jumbo-jets and Boeing Airbus are revolutionizing human transportation. The assessment of each major city is an international airport that allows travelers from all over the world to arrive. The distances that separated us for several months were reduced to a few hours on air-conditioned aircraft. Airlines have made their business make the flight viable for most of the world’s citizens. Big business relies on airports and airlines that make intercontinental and international deals in a matter of days. To be completely objective, real international business, as we know, would be impossible without the advent of the airport.
With the advent of aircraft, the world market has grown exponentially. With the growth, the demand for affordable and reliable air tickets has increased. Thus, in response to these new needs came the emergence of an airport and several airlines that would serve different air routes and destinations. Today’s airlines have evolved into a multibillion-dollar industry. Each airline has its own niche region and strives to meet the needs of a given market and destination. Almost every developed and developing country has at least one airline, and most countries have many more airlines that serve them. The airline industry mainly relies on airports and airlines to deliver its services to a huge number of consumers who rely on air travel every day. Each airline contracts with the airports they serve. These symbiotic relationships ensure that airlines will have an efficient and effective place to land and plan flights, and airports will have planes that will deliver passengers to and from the city in which they are located. Without an airport, a city is considered isolated from the world community, and this can have a profound impact on the local economy as well as the public and private sectors.
Interestingly, along with the growth of airlines, there was also the growth of the cities themselves. Airports have proven to be a major determinant of foreign investment and the use of regional resources worldwide. Investments in a particular area are decided not only by available resources, but also by the availability of the region. Along with airports and airlines, cities are seeing explosive growth. Previously, the conglomeration of individual states and economies merged into a global community that no longer sees distance as a brake factor, but sees distance as a path to new business opportunities and not. With the growth of affordable air transport not only goods and people were exchanged over great distances; rather, the ideas themselves extend to the world economy, which is growing exponentially.
Over time, the only direction of growth of the airline industry – up. As the world gets smaller and we become more connected, people will increasingly rely on air travel for both business and tourism. The 20th century may have seen the explosive beginnings of air travel, but the 21st century will see the true potential of human effort realized worldwide. With the growth of the world economy there will be a need for massive air transport, and thus the niches of airlines and airports will continue to be a healthy and prosperous future. That is, until we run out of fuel.