On Bauer Business Focus — A conversation on the future of the Houston aviation industry with Andrew Schneider, business reporter for KUHF 88.7 FM.
Since the recession, airlines have seen a steady decrease in travel in the leisure section of their business, but with new prospects on the horizon, the industry is hoping to attract new customers.
Mario Diaz, Director of Aviation for Houston Airport System, visited Bauer Business Focus recently to discuss what the group charged with bringing air service to the city is doing to expand its horizons.
“The world economy as well as the United States economy is really creating a drag on personal disposable income that translates into the ability or willingness of people to fly,” Diaz said. “The business sector is doing well, but the leisure sector may encounter some severe turbulence over the next one or two years if the economy does not come out of the doldrums we’re in right now.”
With a struggling economy hindering travel nationally and globally, he added, aviation companies are looking to take travel outside the atmosphere and use it to travel commercially to space.
“There is an opportunity at Ellington Airport for the pursuit of commercial space flight and seeking to make it a space port,” Diaz said. “There are many space ports, but what is unique about Houston is the concentration of assets that we have here in the form of aerospace companies.”
While commercial flight for the everyday consumer may be far away, the innovation that comes along with new technology will benefit everyone, he said.
“It’s going to be pioneers who have the spirit of adventure in them that are able to do this while everyone else is participating at different levels of making commercial space travel happen.”
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