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The 2022 Indoor Skydiving Industry Report

Let's take a look at some of the numbers from 2022 and see where we stand for the coming year. 

2022 Indoor Skydiving Industry Report Feature
January 11, 2023
Charlie Centa

After 2 years of COVID-19 restrictions, many of us hoped that 2022 would bring the much-anticipated comeback. However, the impacts of the pandemic are reverberating strongly throughout global markets.

The devastating war in Ukraine has caused unprecedented rises in energy prices, suffocating the profit margins of many indoor skydiving wind tunnel operators, while promises of a recession have left investors second-guessing their next move.

Despite the turmoil, the indoor skydiving industry moves forward with a new optimism. Let’s take a look at the year in numbers…

Please note: All data shown on this page have been taken from the ISS database. We work closely with manufacturers and tunnel operators to keep our database as up-to-date as possible but we recognize that 100% accuracy is impossible. As such, the content displayed on this page is purely for informational and entertainment purposes only.

Key Findings

  • 9 new tunnels were opened to the public in 2022. When we presented the previous Industry Report (2021), our findings showed 9 tunnels opened in 2021 as well. We have since come to learn that approximately 13 tunnels were opened to the public in 2021, making 2022 the slowest year for indoor skydiving development projects since 2012 (not including the breakout year of the pandemic).
  • There are currently 20 new wind tunnels under construction across the globe. This is lower than last year’s 27 but still shows signs of optimism for 2023.
  • 1 tunnel closure in the UK left investors and regular flyers who had paid for bulk packages of tunnel time devastated.
  • A 12% increase in construction/rental inquiries shows a recovering economic interest in the indoor skydiving industry.

2022 Indoor Skydiving Industry Report - Indoorskydivingsource.com

2022 Tunnel Openings

Find the full list of new tunnels opened in the last year below:

Future Outlook for Indoor Skydiving

  • The recovery from COVID and the ongoing war in Ukraine is likely going to be a slow process, with many hurdles along the way. Business models will continue to need adjusting as profit margins are squeezed and circumstances change. This, combined with an increase in post-COVID tourism, could possibly result in a rise in demand for smaller and cheaper tunnel installations in key tourist destinations.
  • While there are already many tunnels across the US and Europe, over the past 24 months we’ve seen a rise in tunnel openings across South America, Asia, and the Middle East, bringing new funding into the space.
  • The return of indoor skydiving as a competitive sport, with many competitions being held around the world in 2022, is likely to bring more positive media attention to the industry and open the doors to a new generation of athletes.

Published: January 11, 2023 | Last Updated: January 11, 2023

The 2022 Indoor Skydiving Industry Report
Written by,
Charlie Centa
Charlie Centa is the owner of two of the world's leading skydiving websites: indoorskydivingsource.com and sister site, skydivingsource.com. Originally from the UK, he now lives in sunny Spain where he spends his time between living in a van in the mountains climbing and skiing, and working on his websites. When he's not doing either of those things, Charlie can be found writing witty bios about himself!

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1 thought on “The 2022 Indoor Skydiving Industry Report”

  1. Hello!
    In July 2022 was opened and now operating well a new indoor wind tunnel Fly Time in Dnipro, Ukraine!
    It’s compact 2.4 m diameter model, manufactured AKM-Tunnels.
    #flytime.dp.ua

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