Flightradar24 Blog

AvTalk Episode 82: Setting all the wrong records

On this episode of AvTalk, we see how far air traffic fell in March and what we’re likely to see in April. We also take a look at some of the more interesting flights that airlines have operated in the past few weeks. And Georgios Hatzimanolis from Marine Traffic joins us to compare notes on what their data can tell us about how COVID-19 is affecting the global economy.

And the bottom falls out

The first week of March saw global traffic still up 4.5%, but the final week of the month traffic was down 55% from 2019 levels and traffic overall was 21.6% lower than 2019 in March. Airlines have reacted in different ways, but the number of flights continues to fall and the number of stored aircraft continues to rise.

Total flights through March 2020

Comparing notes with Marine Traffic

Georgios Hatzimanolis from Marine Traffic joins us to compare notes on what their ship tracking data can tell us about the state of the global economy.

Marine Traffic map
Map of vessels being tracked by Marine Traffic

Strange routes because of COVID-19

SAS flying to South America, Ethiopian Airlines flying between Chicago and New Orleans, and Lufthansa in New Zealand, among others. We discuss some of the most interesting flights we’ve seen in the past few weeks.

Let us know what you think

Thank you so much for listening! Like the podcast? Have suggestions for future shows? Let us know by leaving us a review on iTunes. Reviews on iTunes not only help us make a better show, they help more people find the podcast! Want to send us additional feedback, just email us.

Share this podcast
Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on linkedin
Share on email
Subscribe now
Get weekly updates on Flightradar24 and have the latest aviation news land in your inbox.
Recent episodes

AvTalk Episode 164: JetBlue vs Spirit 2: this time it’s hostile

On this episode of AvTalk, CNBC airline reporter Leslie Josephs returns to update us…

AvTalk Episode 163: The passenger landed the plane!

On this episode of AvTalk, a passenger lands a Cessna 208 Caravan in Florida…

AvTalk Episode 162: Project Sunrise gets the green light

On this episode of AvTalk, Qantas orders its Project Sunrise fleet from Airbus, Spirit…

AvTalk Episode 161: Cigarettes and Oxygen don’t mix

On this week’s episode of AvTalk, a confidential report hypothesizes cigarettes and leaking oxygen…

AvTalk Episode 160: We’re in for a rough summer

On this episode of AvTalk, the US transport mask mandate is struck down, Chinese…

AvTalk Episode 159: Going multi-modal

On this episode of AvTalk, Ned Russell joins us to discuss how airlines are…

Get the Flightradar24 Aviation newsletter

Flight tracking and aviation industry news direct to your inbox

Aviation news comes quickly, so we want to bring more of the aviation world to you with our weekly Flightradar24 aviation newsletter - On The Radar.