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Will Air Traffic Ever Stop Growing?  
User currently offlinePhxplanes From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 436 posts, RR: 0
Posted (10 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 2879 times:

Every year more and more planes and passengers take to the skies. Will there ever be a point where there will be so many planes flying that airlines just wont need anymore seats because all the airlines will have enough for the people wanting or needing to fly. Also wont there become a point where atc can't handle all the traffic and same with airports. Aviation just keeps growing will it ever reach a peak and level off.

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User currently offlineTango-Bravo From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 3813 posts, RR: 26
Reply 1, posted (10 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 2867 times:

Quoting Phxplanes (Thread starter):
Will Air Traffic Ever Stop Growing?

Only if some form of artificial constraints is placed on growth, the reason being seen in the following observation of a rural newpaper columnist:

Advertisers have always known that there is a never-ending supply of people overwhelmed by restlesness, emptiness, anxiety and inferiority.

Which plays into the hands of advertisers who well know that there is a never-ending supply of people who have duped themselves into believing the fallacy that buying "more stuff" will cure their maladies.

The words of the columnist would be equally true if "airlines" were substituted for "advertisers." Whether or not airlines know that, for the same reason, they are in the driver's seat is questionable. Hint: people will gladly throw good money at what they are self-duped into seeing as the cure to their personal issues. Flying off to somewhere else is one of the non-cures that many see as the way to fix their personal issues. After discovering that they are "right back in the same boat" after flying off to wherever, they are so deep into self-deception that they actually believe that doing it again (perhaps to a different place next time) will somehow be the cure that none of their previous junkets have been.

Cynical? I can understand if some see my view as such. Truthful? Undeniably so based on the overwhelming weight of evidence.

User currently offlineFRA2DTW From Germany, joined Feb 2004, 322 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (10 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 2812 times:

Air travel is growing because it is cheaper to fly right now than going there by car, bus or train. At the same time, airlines are going broke because competition keeps fares below actual costs of operating. Make tickets expensive enough and you'll be amazed how many business people and leisure travellers can do without.

User currently offlineMauriceB From Netherlands, joined Aug 2004, 2492 posts, RR: 24
Reply 3, posted (10 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 2813 times:

it will stop someday... the fuel reserves are getting emptier and emptier each day

User currently offlineN766UA From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 8731 posts, RR: 23
Reply 4, posted (10 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 2788 times:

By the time our fuel reserves are empty, airlines will be flying on another propellant. Air Traffic will probably never stop growing. With all the cheap light jets and air taxies springing up, in addition to airlines turning to smaller a/c with more frequency, the skies will only get more crowded.

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