Demand for Airlines Soaring: Prepare for Crowded Airports

If you think the airports are crowded now, just wait. Currently, the U.S. is the largest single aviation market with 692.2 million domestic passengers traveling in 2016. However, that number is expected to soar above 1 billion passengers by 2035, according to the Airline Industry Forecast released by the International Transport Association (IATA). And, the U.S. isn’t the only nation experiencing significant growth. China is expected to outpace the U.S. by 2024, adding an estimated 817 million passengers totaling 1.3 billion passengers by 2035 and making it the world’s largest aviation market. Additionally, over the past decade, the developing world’s share of total passenger traffic has risen from 24% to 40%, and demand for air travel is expected to double over the next two decades.

IATA expects 7.2 billion passengers to travel in 2035, which is nearly double the current total of 3.8 billion passengers carried in 2016. That’s a lot of people passing through airports across the globe. IATA’s forecast revealed that passenger demand has increased by an average of 5.4% each year since 2013. By contrast, global passenger growth has increased by only 4.3% between 2008 and 2012.

This rise in air traffic is based on the 3.7% annual growth rate, and regions with the strongest international passenger growth include: Africa 5.1%, Middle East 4.8%, Asia-Pacific 4.7% and Latin America 3.8%. With passenger growth increasing around the world, governments are recognizing the value of connectivity provided by aviation to drive global trade and development.

For a closer look at the forecast, Slack Davis Sanger has created an infographic highlighting key trends:

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Patients Pay a High Price for Air Ambulance Rides

It is estimated that approximately 400,000 people each year are transported by air ambulance. For some people experiencing a medical emergency, being airlifted to a hospital can mean the difference between life and death. However, for many, emergency transport by air is unnecessary, especially when the astronomical price of the often short ride is taken into account. In many instances, a ground ambulance could do the job just as quickly and at a fraction of the cost. Continue reading

Medical Helicopter Crashes Near Oklahoma Hospital

On September 29th, a medical helicopter carrying four people crash-landed on a street near Comanche County Memorial Hospital in Lawton, Oklahoma. The helicopter, which was returning to the hospital at around 6 a.m. after taking a patient to Oklahoma City, reportedly lost power. During the crash landing, one of the helicopter’s rotors hit a car and a brick fence; however, the pilot and three crew members escaped with only minor injuries. There were no patients aboard the helicopter when the crash occurred. Continue reading

Understanding the Development of Federal Acts Influencing Aviation Law from the Perspective of an Air Ambulance Crash Attorney

Laws concerning aircraft safety have been on the books since the dawn of aviation at the beginning of the 20th century. Developed to address issues of public safety in the context of emerging developments in transportation, technology and commerce, the following six have shaped the legal landscape for aviation attorneys. Continue reading