Sixty years ago, air travel was a privilege, nowadays approximately 8 million people take to the air daily. This year, 2014 marks the 100th anniversary of commercial air transport. According to the international Air Transport Association (IATA), the industry got its start in 1st January, 1914 when Mayor Abraham Pheil of Saint Petersburg, Florida, flew from his city to Tampa, a 23-minute flight for which he paid a fare of 5 dollars.
It is estimated that as recent as in the 1950's, the number of people travelling by air was less than 100,000. It is said that not until the middle 1970's that 500 million passengers was reached. European air passengers number is said to have doubled approximately every eight years!
Africa may not have as many airborne passengers as Europe though the number of airlines flying into African destinations has highly increased with our peak being noticed in the 1990's and ever since has been greatly increasing.
If the increase on introduction of low cost carriers in the local Kenyan - East African scene is anything to go by, you can only imagine where air travel will be in the next 10 years!
10 years ago, road safaris were more popular that flying safaris but that has seemingly changed, with more of the middle class buyer opting for a flying safari rather than a road safari. And if these stats are anything to go by.....where do you think air travel will be in the next 20 years?