But this means a dilemma for the industry and its CO2 emissions
Air transport volumes are forecast to double in the coming 15 years – and by six times over by 2050. But the strongest market will be Asia, especially India and China, followed by the Middle East. The latter region will see vast increases in fleet sizes at the major hub carriers Emirates Airlines, Etihad Airways and Qatar Airways.
However, this means that the percentage of global CO2 emissions from the airline industry will grow disproportionately from the current 2%, despite aircraft innovations. Airline CO2 emissions could increase threefold – ignoring the self-imposed climate protection targets adopted by the industry in 2009.