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Download your copy of Skift Megatrends 2025. We recently released our annual travel industry trend forecast, Skift Megatrends 2025. Due to the devastation wrought by the pandemic, we wrote Travel Megatrends 2025 as a vision of how the dynamics of the travel industry could unfold in five years. now. You can read more about each of the trends on Skift or download a copy here. Five years after the worst pandemic in modern history crippled the airline industry in 2020, social distancing and masks seem a distant memory as companies reopen their offices and business travelers and travelers alike. hobbies are flying again. While business conditions have improved in 2025, all has not changed. Commercial airlines are still feeling the effects of the pandemic, which has led to historical holidays and route cuts, as airlines question their very survival. Five years later, many of the major airlines have hesitated to increase capacity, even as they have started to see their revenues increase. Airlines have focused their recovery efforts on their larger hubs, often to the detriment of smaller towns. This has led to millions of travelers in unserved or underserved areas having to drive for hours one way at times to the nearest hub for a flight. Many find that traveling with fewer air connections is a fragmented, unpleasant and rather cumbersome experience. Whatever the market gap, disruptors step in to profit. For the wealthy, private jets have seen an increase in business to serve travelers who have lost connections or even airports. For the budget-conscious, Surf Air Mobility and its competitors have started making hybrid electric flights at Uber prices in short hops to small towns that the big airlines have abandoned. With the addition of fully electric flying taxis and vertical take-off and landing planes, urban air mobility passenger travel to and from smaller hubs has become somewhat democratized. Underserved communities had at least more options to avoid the boredom of congested roads on the ground. Out of sheer necessity, 2020 has also brought a plethora of technological advancements and other innovations to help businesses, communities and individuals cope with isolation and be able to work cohesively from home. Video conferencing has become the go-to technology, supplanting the need for many business trips. The pandemic has also forced airlines to focus on efficiency and, by extension, sustainability. In some countries, the government has forced this problem; in others, market forces have done so. But the result is that airlines have started to take new technologies such as hybrid-electric propulsion more seriously, breathing new life into ideas that were once considered far-fetched or the field of the future. distant. Download your copy of Skift Travel Megatrends 2025 Skift Megatrends 2025 is made possible by our partners: Abu Dhabi Convention & Exhibition Bureau, Accor and American Express. See the full article Photo credit: Planes on the tarmac at Salt Lake City International Airport. Salt Lake City International Airport

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