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PERSPECTIVE: AI Isn’t Destroying Jobs in Aviation – It’s Giving Us Superpowers to Improve Air Travel

There are those who believe artificial intelligence is here to automate the economy, displace jobs, and wreak social havoc. I understand those fears, but in the aviation industry, AI is having the exact opposite effect. Hear me out.

Air travel volume is bouncing back and surpassing pre-pandemic levels. Global air passenger traffic is expected to double between 2019 and 2040, according to the International Air Transport Association. My airport, Toronto Pearson, is forecasting a jump from 45 million passengers last year to 65 million by the mid-2030s. We’re seeing fewer short-haul business flights than before, but more passengers heading off to conferences, leisure, and sun destinations.

Increasing demand means new and more frequent peaks for airport workforces. Staffing levels are returning to—and in some cases surpassing—pre-pandemic levels. But physical expansions and enhancements have long lead times: Infrastructure often takes years to plan, build, and operationalize. Toronto Pearson just announced a plan to invest billions of dollars into new terminal infrastructure—both physical and digital—over the next 10 years, joining big North American hubs such as JFK, LaGuardia, and Chicago O’Hare in renovating for the future.

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The Government Technology & Services Coalition's Homeland Security Today (HSToday) is the premier news and information resource for the homeland security community, dedicated to elevating the discussions and insights that can support a safe and secure nation. A non-profit magazine and media platform, HSToday provides readers with the whole story, placing facts and comments in context to inform debate and drive realistic solutions to some of the nation’s most vexing security challenges.

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