A staggering 1.5 billion boarding passes, or one in every three passes, will be issued through mobile phone apps by 2019, says a recent report by UK-based Juniper Research firm.
The research also revealed that opting for boarding passes through apps is favoured by frequent flyers given their familiarity with the technology.
Named 'Mobile & Online Ticketing: Transport, Events & NFC 2015-2019, ' the report added that a majority of airlines have already implemented the technology, with the speed of implementation being the fastest in the US, Far East and Europe.
However, the complete transition to NFC could be severely delayed through the adoption of mobile barcode boarding passes.
SITA, the airline IT specialist, also believes that up to 91 per cent of all airlines will use the 'mobile boarding passes through apps' technology by 2019, up from 53 per cent today.
Nitin Bhas, research author at Juniper Research, said, "The ultimate position that NFC can reach in the airline industry is 'the extinction of the boarding pass' whereby boarding pass, baggage tickets and identity information can be stored on the phone and simply accessed using NFC readers. However, this transition will not only be delayed by the success of barcode but there is the need to gain agreement and investment from airlines and airports around the world."
With the quick implementation of wireless payment systems across Europe and the United States, the increasing popularity of mobile app based boarding passes is slowly paving the way for a future where transactions will be based completely on mobile apps.