Self-Service Check-in, Rooftop Pools, Morphing Seats and The Internet of Things Feature Prominently in Part of Future of Travel 2024 Report
Skyscanner released the second of its three part The Future of Travel 2024 report, revealing how future flight passengers will be able to enjoy a stress-free and speedy check-in followed by a relaxing and personalized flight. Part two of the report, “Travel Journeys,” reveals that by 2024 airports will be uplifting, intelligent spaces, providing passengers a sense of well-being, and airplanes will evolve into cyber hubs to suit travelers’ business or leisure needs. In conjunction with the report, Skyscanner surveyed consumer sentiment on the current travel experience and what would be most beneficial to travelers in the future; the results of the survey pair with the reports’ predictions of future consumer travel desires.
“With U.S. airlines forecasted to accommodate 1 billion passengers by 20241, airports and airlines will need to adapt to the expectations of the future traveling consumer,” said Skyscanner CEO and co-founder Gareth Williams. “The travelers of the future will eagerly anticipate their arrival at an airport that has been transformed into a luxury, travel haven.”
Trends Shaping the Future of Travel Journeys
The report identifies three primary areas that will see dramatic changes in how consumers fly and navigate through airports in the 2020s.
The third part of the report, “Destinations & Hotels,” will be released in Fall 2014 and will focus on the new experiences that await the future traveler, from the latest vacation hot spots to underwater and space hotels.
“Advances like these in technology, together with shifts in economic and political power, and fluctuations in culture and climate, will ultimately redefine the travel industry,” predicts Filip Filipov, Skyscanner’s Head of B2B. “Future passengers will receive a more customized experience that will evolve into an enjoyable and inspiring travel journey from start to finish.”
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The Future of Travel 2014 is the work of a team of 56 editors, researchers and futures networkers, across key international cities. This team built a detailed picture of the next 10 years, looking at how breakthrough technologies and exciting new destinations will shape the global travel industry in the 2020s. This team explored the travel technologies and behaviors to come, by plugging into the know-how of a range of world-renowned experts, including Futurist Daniel Burrus, author of Technotrends: How to Use Technology to Go Beyond Your Competition, and Travel Futurologist Dr. Ian Yeoman.
The report also drew on the background lessons provided by digital strategist Daljit Singh; Microsoft’s UK Chief Envisioning Officer Dave Coplin; Google Creative Lab Executive Creative Director Steve Vranakis; Kevin Warwick, Professor of Cybernetics at Reading University; and Martin Raymond, Co-founder of The Future Laboratory and author of CreATE, The Tomorrow People, and The Trend Forecaster’s Handbook. The report used The Future Laboratory’s online network, LS:N Global, to supplement research, as well as findings from The Future Laboratory’s annual series of Futures reports on travel, technology, food and hospitality.
From Skyscanner, the following experts were called on for their insights, expertise, and where possible, quoted directly in the report: Margaret Rice-Jones, Chairman; Gareth Williams, CEO and Co-Founder; Alistair Hann, CTO; Filip Filipov, Head of B2B; Nik Gupta, Director of Hotels; and Dug Campbell, Product Marketing Manager.
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