Air Travel Can only Benefit the Richest People in The World. Ordinary People

Air travel can only benefit the richest people in the world. Ordinary people can get no advantage with the development of air travel. To what extent do you agree or disagree?

I disagree with the statement that air travel has advantages only for the wealthiest people and there are no benefits for the vast majority of middle and lower-class people. In the following essay, I shall put forth my arguments to support my views.

There is no doubt that a few years ago, air travel was only for the upper strata of society. However, nowadays, most airline companies are offering economy-class tickets, which are affordable to the common man. On top of that, they have schemes by which if one buys a ticket well in advance, then the cost of the ticket is even lower. So, the given statement is not justified in today’s scenario.

Even if we go with the notion that only the rich can travel by air, then the ordinary man also benefits in various ways. When rich tourists come to visit a place, they spend a lot in hotels, tourist places, and shopping centres, where they buy souvenirs. Many people are employed in the tourism industry. Even if they cannot travel themselves, their source of income is directly or indirectly dependent on these tourists who travel by air. For example, during the tourist season in India, many guides, rickshaw wallas and taxi drivers earn enough to last a whole year.

Moreover, it is a well-known fact that, as tourists come, the governments spend on infrastructure such as stadiums, roads and hotels. All these are used by the common man. Finally, the common man gets the opportunity for culture exchange even without himself travelling by air. When other people come he learns about their culture and gives them the good points of his culture.

To put it in a nutshell, I pen down saying that air travel benefits all people and not just the most affluent.

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