Since the advent of the COVID-19 pandemic, traveling by air has become more laborious than ever. Over the years, several major airlines have increasingly consolidated their monopolies, prices have risen and the quality of the customer experience has plummeted. Now, staffing shortages are causing waves of cancelled flights worldwide, along with exacerbating existing supply chain issues. A panel of experts joined Roundtable to talk about the current messy state of air travel and possible solutions.
General Anthony Tata argues that the government can ameliorate supply chain issues through making existing policy more flexible.
“It can help by removing regulation by opening the paths into airports. Air travel and air cargo need to be heavily regulated because of the safety issues,” he explains. “At the airports and seaports, the government can come in and make it easier to transition cargo at an airport to a highway or to a railroad.”
In the commercial travel sector, Marc Sellouk’s start-up Flewber is creating an alternative to travel on major airlines, functioning as “the Uber of air travel.”
The platform, he explains, allows users to crowd-source spots on private flights for a fraction of the cost of a charter.
“We’re essentially bringing consumers and private operators together on a free-to-use platform, where in the past you'd have to have to pay membership fees and surcharges,” he says.
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“If the flight is Miami to New York, a $10,000 one-way flight, and you're sharing the aircraft with 10 people, all of a sudden that becomes a thousand dollars a person.”
Watch the full discussion below:
Marc LoPresti, Co-Founder, Battlefin Group
General Anthony Tata, Retired Army Brigadier
Marc Sellouk, Founder & CEO, Flewber