Discussion posted by: David McNamara
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.