For the first time since 22 March, Flightradar24 tracked more than 100,000 daily flights on 20 May. 110,361 flights took to the skies, an 11.9% increase from the previous day, but still well below the average of 191,611 flights per day from May 2019.

7 day moving average of total flights tracked by Flightradar24

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Non-commercial flights outpacing commercial traffic

The growth in total flights was carried mostly by non-commercial traffic, which increased by 9,092 flights from the previous day, compared to the steady, but small growth of commercial flights, which added 2,668 flights. Commercial flight traffic worldwide has crept upwards since the third week in April, but regional growth remains uneven.

Jan-May Total vs Commercial 2020Commercial flights still down 71.7%

Compared to May 2019, commercial flights are down 71.7% so far. In April commercial flights were down 73.6% year-over-year. Flights levels have been helped by the increase in flights by cargo aircraft and passenger aircraft carrying cargo. Passenger flights will continue to slowly rise as airlines restart their operations. June is likely to see a larger increase as multiple airlines begin conducting expanded schedules, especially in Europe.

Jan-May 2019 vs 2020 commercial flights



Ian Petchenik’s love of aviation began at an early age growing up next to Chicago’s O’Hare Airport. As Flightradar24’s director of communications and co-host of the AvTalk podcast Ian now gets to share that passion for aviation with millions of Flightradar24 users and listeners around the world.

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