14 Jan/14

Future of Aviation – The Age of Super Hubs

airport super hubsThe success story of globalization is inseparably linked to the success story of aviation. It is only through the mercurial rise of aviation as the world’s foremost mode of transportation that international business and leisure has become possible in the way we know and take it for granted today. According to the World Tourism Organization, the number of arrivals has grown from about 300 million in 1980 to over 1 billion in 2010; and there is no end in sight to the growth of the airline industry as the populations of emerging markets are only discovering commercial airline travel.

The success of aviation unfortunately also has its downsides. Major international hubs and popular tourist destinations such as London face a seemingly unmanageable amount of air travelers in the not so distant future. Passenger numbers to all of London’s airports, for instance are projected to more than double to over 300 million per year by 2030. This staggering prognosis is the main reason that city planners are already planning a brand new airport 60 miles outside of London. The design concept for the so-called London Britannia Airport proposes six-runway airport constructed on an artificial island in the middle of the Thames.

Similarly, the busiest Middle-Eastern hub, Dubai International Airport is currently being expanded to accommodate 90 million passengers a year, could potentially be closed altogether and be replaced by a super-hub already under construction. The Al-Maktoum airport is scheduled to open its doors in 2025 and is designed to handle 200 million travelers per year.

While established centers of air travel are scrambling to meet the ever-growing demand, other airports are positioning themselves to become the hubs of the future. Especially Chinese and Indian transportation planners are in the process of creating both a network of regional hubs for the skyrocketing inner-Asian market, as well as international airports that will be able to service the rapidly expanding number of flights to and from the region. As there is no doubt that China will be one of the regions of strongest growth for aviation, Chinese officials are erecting one super airport after the other.

In 2015, Beijing’s Daxing International Airport will open and with the help of its nine runways lift the Chinese capital’s daily passenger capacity to 370,000, thereby becoming the world’s foremost aviation city. But that’s not the only aviation wonder currently in the works in China. Just recently Shenzhen Bao’an International Airport’s new Terminal 3 added 4.3million square feet and additional capacity of 45 million travelers to the country. The terminal not only boasts futuristic design by Studio Fuksas but also it’s on 10,000-megawatt solar power plant.

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