chapter  1
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Air transport is now big business. Its origins can be traced back so far as 1919, just after the First World War; but it was not until peace was restored after the Second World War that the era of major expansion really began. More than half a century on an air transport is now a key element in the ‘world’s largest industry’, travel and tourism, which takes almost 11 per cent of consumer spending, and employs roughly one in every nine people in the global labour force. But air transport is also a significant industry on its own, contributing much to economic development.