Goodbye Planes, Trains and Automobiles. Hello, Luxury Bus?
The number of people who travel by bus between the US and Canada in comparison to the number of people who travel across borders on airplanes is a little staggering. In fact, for much of the last decade, the number has been increasing far faster than the number of passengers flying in and out by way of air. This is not something to get excited about, as this means that more people will have to get to other countries by way of bus.
But if you want to get an idea about this trend, just consider that around 10,000 buses travel the 5,000 kilometre distance between the US and Canada every day. So you are looking at a massive increase – especially when you consider that the number of passengers flying in and out of the country annually is around 1.5 billion. We’re talking about a 3.5 million per cent increase in bus passengers.
This has to be some sort of record.
To help put this into context, here’s a breakdown of how many people from one country travel to another, and how many travel per capita to the country:
First, let’s start with airlines:
The US air travel market has been booming for many years. In particular, since 2013, the US has seen a huge increase in air travel numbers, which is the number and share of people flying from one country to another, not the number of passengers flying in and out of the country. In 2013, there were 1.6 billion passengers on flights carried out within the United States. With the introduction of new airlines, that number grew to nearly 2.4 billion in 2018.
Compare that to Canada:
Canada has an aviation market with a slight bump in passenger numbers, but the numbers have consistently been shrinking for years. From 2013 to 2017, there were 5.5 million passengers on flights carried out within the country, and that number is on the decline. It was over 5 million passengers in 2012, but fell to just over 4 million in 2017.
And that’s just the passengers travelling within the country.