13 Ways Air Travel Will Change in 2020
Buckle up, folks: Some of these changes may be coming to a flight near you in the new year—and others definitely are. Here’s what you need to know.
Flight prices will continue to fall
Check this one off for the best.news.ever. We already saw this happen in late 2019 when Norwegian Airlines started offering flights for as low as about $150 each way to Europe from the Midwest. It’s only the beginning, says Raj Mahal, founder of the travel planning app Plan More Trips, and it’s thanks to increased competition. For example, tickets from L.A. to London in March 2020 were being offered for just $400 round-trip if booked in November, according to Mahal. “More airlines will continue to invest in things like free Wi-Fi, but in an attempt to make fares even cheaper, fliers will have to pay for more standard things like seat assignments and carry-on bags,” Mahal says. There’s also a browsing mode that will get you even cheaper flights.
Families will sit together
And everyone will breathe a sigh of relief. In 2019, it was a constant fight: If you don’t pay extra for seating assignments on some airlines or when you’re flying at an economy rate, can they force you to be separated from your children? In November, airlines told parents they’d need to pay up or else risk sitting apart, according to USA Today. But in Europe, airlines have been pressured by regulators to seat families together, and Marianne Perez de Fransius, CEO of Bébé Voyage, believes that the United States will catch up to Europe in 2020. “Frankly, it’s ridiculous,” she says, “because what plane passenger wants an unattended toddler sitting next to him?” If you’re flying with kids, check out these genius shortcuts to keep your sanity.
Non-stop flights will go farther
Thanks to better technology, airlines are able to fly farther longer, so you don’t have to make multiple stops even for uber-long flights (though you may want to for comfort’s sake). Qantas is testing 19-hour flights between New York and Sydney, and between Sydney and London, for example, according to Travel Pulse. For those long flights, make sure you don’t wear these 8 things.
Robots will help
They’re getting involved in supermarkets and in delivering packages, so it’s only natural that they’d start helping at the airport, too. According to the International Transport Association (IATA), global travel frequency is expected to increase by 3.5 annually, and as a result, we need more assistance. ETurboNews says robotic airport assistance already keeps track of flight info, helps at the checkout counter, and streamlines the airport experience. In the future, these robots may even carry our luggage. Please and thank you. In the meantime, here are some other ways to take the stress out of air travel.