"Between a third and half of the global population are in some form of
lockdown. City centres, malls, high streets and tourist attractions are
all quiet – and so too is the sky above our planet. The planes that
connect our world, unite families and open our eyes to new horizons are,
almost entirely, grounded.
“In March, we'd typically expect to see between 175,000 and 180,000
total flights per day,” explains Ian Petchenik from flight tracking
website FlightRadar24. “At any one time that's generally between 10,000
and 15,000 flights. Those numbers have fallen significantly to just
64,522 flights tracked on 29 March.”
Most planes that would ordinarily be in the air are currently on the
tarmac. And on top of the multitude of economic and logistical problems
this poses for airlines, employees and passengers, there’s another issue
to consider: where can airlines store these grounded aircraft?"
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