The 2021 Indoor Skydiving Industry Report
Join us as we take a look at the last year in indoor skydiving.
Indoor Skydiving Source presents the 2021 Industry Report
2022 is here and it’s time to look back and get some perspective on the last year. In this article we’re going to present you with some findings from our database from 2021, as well as some speculation on momentum shifts in the market and the future of the industry.
* Please note that these are not official statistics. We try to keep our database as up-to-date as possible and we work closely with operators and manufacturers to do so, but 100% accuracy is impossible.
- 9 new public tunnels were opened in 2021. This is low in comparison to pre-COVID stats but is an improvement on 2020, where only 4 tunnels were opened.
- 7 tunnel projects were cancelled in 2021. We speculate that most of these projects began pre-COVID and the consequent squeeze on the economy has scared many private investors.
- There are currently 47 new projects – 20 announced and 27 already under construction – for 2022 and beyond. While the pandemic has clearly taken its toll on the industry, the future looks promising.
2021 Tunnel Openings
Find the full list of new tunnels opened in the last year below:
- AERODIUM Fuzhou, China, April 2021, AERODIUM Technologies
- AERODIUM Macau, China, 14ft (4.3m), 2021, AERODIUM Technologies
- AERODIUM Smasy Park Cheongna, South Korea, 10ft (3.1m), 2021, AERODIUM Technologies
- FlySurf, Russia, 9.8ft (3m), 2021, AKM Tunnels
- iFLY Detroit, USA, 2021, iFLY Tunnel Systems (SkyVenture)
- iFLY Jihua Park 3, China, 14ft (4.3m), 2021, iFLY Tunnel Systems (SkyVenture)
- Indoor Skydiving Viernheim, Germany, 13ft (4m), Nov 2021, Indoor Skydiving Germany (ISG)
- Luxfly Skydive, Belgium, 15ft (4.6m), 2021, Tunnel Tech
- RipCord by iFly 5, 10ft (3.1m), 2021, iFLY Tunnel Systems (SkyVenture)
- The industry clearly took a big hit after the coronavirus pandemic struck in 2020. The growth curve of tunnel launches almost came to a stop as we went from 26 launches in 2019 to just 4 launches in 2020. While we’re not back on our feet just yet, 2021 has given us signs of hope with 9 new tunnel launches. Perhaps even more exciting is the fact that there are already 47 new tunnel projects lined up for 2022 and beyond.
- After almost 2 years without any competitive indoor skydiving events, in 2022 the FAI will be running the 4th FAI World Cup of Indoor Skydiving and the 2nd FAI European Indoor Skydiving Championships. We expect to see many other competitive events in 2022 and hope that this will bring positive attention back to the competitive side of the sport.
- Tunnel manufacturer, Aerodium, has opened yet another open-air wind tunnel, this time in Fuzhou, China. Keep an eye out as athletes begin to push the boundaries of what’s possible when you let them think outside the tunnel.
Published: January 19, 2022 | Last Updated: January 19, 2022
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