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Commercial flights down 42% in 2020

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Commercial flights ended 2020 down 41.7% from 2019. Total flights finished the year 27% below 2019 levels. Commercial traffic continued its slow rebound in December, rising to just 36.5% below 2019 levels (-39.8% in November).

Commercial flights in 2020 down 41.7% from 2019

2019-2020 Commercial Flights

Commercial flights were down 41.7% overall in 2020, bottoming out in mid-April and making a moderate recovery through mid-August before the pace slowed. Helped by holiday travel at the end of the year, commercial traffic in December was only down 36.5% from 2019. Commercial traffic grew 9.2% in December over November (compared to 3.4% growth in the same period in 2019).


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Total traffic down 27% in 2020

May 2016 to December 2020 Total Flights

The total number of flights tracked by Flightradar24 decreased by 27% in 2020, coming in at just shy of 50 million flights for the year. December flights were down 19% below 2019 levels. The total number of flights tracked increased by 2.3% from November to December.

 

 

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