Ageing travellers among challenges for the industry

Global ageing will demand age-appropriate mobility solutions in travel and transportation according to a report from the World Economic Forum.

The report entitled Connected World: Transforming Travel, Transportation and Supply Chains developed in conjunction with BCG, cites three global megatrends stemming from population growth:

  1. The Great Economic Shift, a radical change in the socio-economic make-up of the global population.air_travel
  2. The Great Urban Shift. By 2025, nearly half of the world’s population will live in cities of more than 1 million inhabitants.
  3. Global Ageing. Individuals aged 55 or older will account for 20% of world population (or 1.6 billion out of 8 billion) in 2025. The report continues that “this “silver segment” is even expected to reach 35% in G7 countries by 2025, a situation that will call for age-appropriate mobility solutions.”

The report includes research about the problems Problems Air Travellers Experience. (see graph). Most of these involve physical challenges which will become more frustrating with age.

Looks like the industry needs to embrace age-friendly travel experiences to me.