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The 2023 Indoor Skydiving Industry Report
Unprecedented inflation and fears of a recession have pushed the indoor skydiving industry to its limits.
Whatever way you look at it, 2023 has been a tough year for the indoor skydiving industry. But hasn’t it been a tough year for almost every industry?
Consumers have been suffering the impact of sky-high inflation and talk of an imminent recession has built up enough momentum to knock even some of the biggest companies in the world off of their high horses.
Given the situation, it’s hardly surprising that the indoor skydiving industry has also taken a knock. The question is, can it stay alive for long enough to make a full recovery?
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- Only 4 wind tunnels were opened to the public in 2023 – the lowest number since 2011 when indoor skydiving was in its infancy (excluding the pandemic year of 2020). In fact, even 2020 brought 4 tunnel openings while the whole world was in lockdown.
- Only 2 manufacturers finished projects in 2023, down from 6 the previous year.
- iFLY forges ahead with 3 tunnel openings and doesn’t seem to have any plans of slowing down the growth of its franchise.
- Indoor Skydiving Source is aware of 2 wind tunnel projects that were canceled in 2023, although we suspect the real number is quite a bit higher than this.
- Manufacturer inquiries for wind tunnel investments saw a 16% decline YoY. Could this mean that the near-future outlook isn’t as bright as one would hope?
- There are 19 tunnels currently under construction. Contrary to the last point, if some of these projects are closed before the end of 2024 it could make for a great come-back year.
2023 Tunnel Openings
Find the full list of new tunnels opened in the last year below:
- AERODIUM Kyiv, Ukraine, AERODIUM Technologies
- iFLY London at The O2, United Kingdom, iFLY Tunnel Systems
- iFLY Edison, USA, iFLY Tunnel Systems
- iFLY Queens, USA, iFLY Tunnel Systems
Future Outlook for the Indoor Skydiving Industry
- With 19 tunnels currently under construction, there’s still potential for 2024 to become a come-back year for the indoor skydiving industry. There were 20 tunnels under construction in 2022 so we can only hope that some of those longer projects that weren’t completed in 2023 will soon come to a close in the coming months.
- Having already announced more projects for 2024, iFLY seems likely to continue its expansion with a focus on the US market.
- The Total Tunnels Opened By Year graph on our infographic shows a pretty clear S curve, often slated to depict the end of a product’s life cycle. Could this be the case for indoor skydiving as an experience product or is it just a step back due to the current economic climate? Only time will tell. I for one hope it’s the latter!
Published: January 10, 2024 | Last Updated: January 10, 2024
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