The End Of Aviation

Thursday, August 28th, 2008

Bradford Plumer looks at The End Of Aviation, as envisioned by Anthony Perl and Richard Gilbert, two Canadian transportation experts, in their new book Transport Revolutions:

[They] envision a world in which rising oil prices have reduced domestic flying in the United States roughly 40 percent by 2025 — even assuming that airlines improve fuel efficiency by about 50 percent. In such a scenario, the United States could go from having nearly 400 primary airports down to 50 or so; instead of dozens of flights each day between New York and San Francisco carrying 200 people apiece, there might be only a handful carrying 800 or more in new extra-jumbo jets.

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