(WASHINGTON) - If airline crowds already make you cringe, expect them to get much worse. The Federal Aviation Administration announced Tuesday it expects airline crowds to double over the next 20 years.
The FAA has predicted that 737 million passengers will take to the skies this year, with that number reaching 1.3 billion by 2031. The agency has used the new figures to reinforce their call for moving to a more modern air traffic control system – one based on satellite navigation rather than radar – in order to meet airspace demand.
“We need to invest in aviation today to make sure America’s economy remains competitive,” said U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood. “Innovative NextGen technology will help meet the demands of the future by getting passengers to their destinations safely and more quickly.”
The FAA has said that NextGen, the Next Generation Air Transportation System, will also provide more precise routes, save on fuel and reduce emissions.
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