- May 12, 2020
Asa result of ingenuity, civilization, and globalization, humans havetried to make life easier by inventing machines. A century ago, themost effective and efficient mode of transport was the use of horses(Schmitt& Gollnick, 2016).However, in this century, this industry sector has greatly beentransformed, and people have embraced the use of road, water, and airtransport. Of these modes, the use of air transport has received muchrecognition due to its effectiveness and efficiency. This mode hasrevolutionized how humans viewed time, distance and space. It hasbecome possible to have breakfast in one continent and supper inanother thus, making air transport the most effective and efficientmeans of transport.
Tobegin with, air transport has facilitated economic growth(World Bank, n.d.).This has been as a result of the unique characteristics of airtransport fastness. It is possible to transport raw materials fromAfrican countries and be processed the same day or next, in the USAor Europe. Moreover, due to globalization, the markets of most of theproducts are far from the manufacturing companies thus, toefficiently reach them, air transport is also needed as it saves timedue to its fastness. It would have been impossible to reach thesemarkets in time if water and road transport were used, especially forperishable products. As a result, air transport has been consideredas an economic catalyst in the 21stcentury due to its speed. Its speed has also been adopted in militaryas it is effective in delivering attacks without risking a lot ofpeople’s lives.
Furthermore, in the long run, air transport investment has provento be the most cost effective. Unlike the road transport, whichinvolves the construction of physical infrastructure in greatlengths, air transport investment is made only in the machines, andairports, which cover little square per mile areas compared to roadnetworks. Moreover, modern airplanes use low amounts of fuel as theytry to adhere to global sustainability “aircraft achieve fuelefficiencies of 3.5 liters per 100 passenger-km,”(Rochat, 2011).
Additionally, air transport has proven to be the most effective formof transport which makes people appreciate the value of life byimproving their leisure and cultural experiences (Schmitt& Gollnick, 2016).Imagine a scenario where a person wants to visit the sandy beaches ofAfrica or the most beautiful and attractive nation full of luxuriesUnited Arab Emirates, any other form of transport will not beeffective as one will take a long time traveling and this will reducethe anticipated experience. However, air transport enables one toappreciate the fullness of any experience.
Also,air has been the most efficient and effective mode of transport thatenables the delivery of humanitarian aid to every corner of the worlddue to its flexibility (Rochat,2011). It also ensures swift delivery of medical and food supplies indisaster-struck areas. For instance, when earthquakes or tornadosstrike countries, helicopters are usually used to rescue people fromdanger-prone areas, which is not be possible with other forms oftransport.
Thus,air transport has proven to be the most effective and efficientbecause it is fast, cheap in the long run, flexible in case ofhelicopters, and dynamic. This has made it the most preferred mode oftransport by business class, tourists, and military, as it bridgesthe gap between time and space. It makes organizations be able to getraw materials in time and supply its products within continents inthe least time possible, a factor that has led to economic growth asit increases time value.
Rochat, P.(2011). The economic & social benefits of air transport.
Schmitt, D.,& Gollnick, V. (2016). Airtransport system.Hamburg, Germany: Springer.
WorldBank. (n.d.). . Retrieved fromhttp://www.worldbank.org/en/topic/transport/brief/airtransport