Aviation returning to 1930s | Size and shape of 2021 14 October 2020
On 14-Oct-2020, CAPA Live will bring together a variety of industry experts to explore how aviation has returned to the 1930s thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic.
There’s been much talk about the post-COVID industry reverting to the profile of the 1970s, with its reduced traffic levels, the prospect of more active government intervention, smaller networks and higher prices. But in two very important ways the real time frame to compare is the 1930s. There are important lessons to be learned from industry and government behaviour 90 years ago.
First of all, WWI had spawned the multilateral Paris Convention of 1919, which established that every state had absolute sovereignty in the airspace over its territory, that meant essentially that all borders were closed to foreign aircraft.
Secondly, in the earlier, barnstorming days of aviation the biggest inhibitor of commercial air travel expansion was safety. There was an uncomfortable tendency for airlines to crash, a feature that would be passengers found undesirable. Aside from the cost of flying and the lack of comfort – two characteristics that once again emerge in our current condition – people were unwilling to embark on such dangerous missions.
CAPA is pleased to introduce its virtual event periodical, CAPA Live, at a time when the aviation industry is searching for continuing news, trend analysis and expert thought leadership.
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