FAA’s recently released aerospace forecast projects that passenger growth will average 2 percent per year, reaching 1 billion passengers in 2029, and 1. 14 billion by 2035.
The agency said that U.S. airlines served an estimated 756.3 million
passengers in 2014, up by 2. 3 percent from the 2013 level.
The general aviation fleet is projected to increase from 198,860 aircraft
in 2014 to 214,260 in 2035, growing at an average rate of 0.4 percent a year,
FAA said. The number of fixed-wing turbine aircraft will increase at a rate
of 2. 2 percent annually; fixed-wing piston aircraft will decline at a rate of
0.6 percent per year; and the number of rotorcraft will increase at a rate of
2. 5 percent annually.
General aviation hours flown are forecast to increase from 23. 1 million
in 2014 to 30. 6 million in 2035, an average annual growth rate of 1. 4
percent a year.
With the release of the forecast, AAAE called on Congress to give
airports self-help in the form of a modernized PFC to build and upgrade
the terminals, runways, and other facilities necessary to accommodate
future passenger traffic growth.
Airports are eager
to invest in the
to accommodate the
hundreds of millions of
FAA expects over the
next two decades.
AAAE President and
CEO Todd Hauptli
PASSENGERS BY 2029
U.S. COMMERCIAL AIR CARRIERS
DOMESTIC AVAILABLE SEAT MILES
2014 2015 2015-2035
m Mainline m Regionals
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1. 8 2. 1
FAA’s forecast may be accessed at