The Future of Air Travel


Aviation is constantly evolving, with new and improved technology making aircraft faster and more efficient. These advances, along with changes to scanning and security systems will mean in the future, catching a plane will be as easy as getting on a bus.

In the future air travel will advance in two separate ways: air travel at supersonic speed for the wealthy, and slower but more comfortable and environmentally friendly options for the wider public. Innovations in security and scanning will make air travel much the same as catching a bus and regionally based New Zealanders will think nothing of a daily air commute to their job in a major city.

That’s one possible vision of the future, and you may not agree with it. In fact, we want you to challenge these statements and ideas.

The visions and information on these futures pages are not presented as the views of industry or government policy. Rather, it is the Ministry of Transport’s intention for this work to stimulate wider debate and generate ideas on the possible future of New Zealand’s transport system.

Explore the content on this page to learn about some of the possibilities for the future of air travel, and have your say by using the polls and feedback forms to explore the transport future you would like to see. This information and your views will inform our future work.

Challenge our ideas and let us know your vision for the future of air travel.

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