The latest coronavirus airline and aviation industry news

As the situation develops, you’ll find all of our coverage and data regarding the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) available on this page. For breaking news and information you can also follow us on twitter.


Latest news articles

  • Charting the decline in air traffic caused by COVID-19

    The spread of COVID-19 and response by the aviation industry has resulted in an unprecedented decline in global air traffic.   Read More

  • AvTalk Episode 81: ATC 0

    On this episode of AvTalk, we review which airlines and countries have now canceled all flights. And journalist Ethan Klapper joins us to discuss the impact COVID-19 is having on some air traffic control facilities around the United States.   Read More

  • March commercial traffic down 10% below 2019 so far

    Global commercial air traffic tracked by Flightradar24 is now 10% lower in March 2020 compared to 2019. This week has seen a sharp decrease in commercial flights as airlines begin parking their fleets and operating minimum services or none at all.   Read More

  • AvTalk Episode 80: Grinding to a halt

    On this special episode of AvTalk, Jason and Ian take stock of how the aviation industry has reacted to plummeting demand and ever changing government restrictions as the COVID-19 pandemic takes its toll.   Read More

  • Commercial air traffic now down 7.2% in March

    Global commercial air traffic tracked by Flightradar24 is 7.2% lower in March 2020 compared to 2019. With the announcements of further restrictions and suspensions made by governments and airlines over the weekend, we expect the decline to increase sharply over the next week.   Read More

  • Delta begins storing its fleet

    Delta Air Lines has begun storing some of its wide-body fleet in response to the COVID-19 crisis and lack of travel demand. It will expand its storage flights on Monday, 16 March, as it flies at least two dozen aircraft to Marana in Arizona and Birmingham, Alabama. The aircraft include a mix of A330, A350, …   Read More

  • Commercial air traffic down 4.3% in February 2020

    Global commercial air traffic tracked by Flightradar24 decreased 4.3% in February compared to 2019. The number of commercial passenger and cargo flights tracked by Flightradar24 dropped even as the total number of flights tracked increased 7%, led by an increase in tracking non-scheduled traffic.   Read More

  • Air traffic at China’s busiest airports down 80% since the beginning of the year

    Updated 18 March 2020 Air traffic at China’s busiest airports was down more than 80% through February before beginning to increase during the first week of March to down only 61% from normal. Traffic is slightly up in the third week of March.   Read More

  • Airlines suspending flights to China in response to Coronavirus threat

    Coronavirus related flight cancellations are increasing as international airlines are suspending or sharply curtailing their service to China in response to the outbreak that began in Wuhan last month. Some major airlines like British Airways and the Lufthansa Group (Lufthansa, SWISS, and Austrian) have canceled all flights to China, while others like United and American …   Read More


AvTalk Podcast related to coronavirus (COVID-19)

  • AvTalk Episode 79: It’s nothing short of a crisis

    On this episode of AvTalk, we welcome back The Air Current editor-in-chief John Ostrower for a wide-ranging conversation as we try to understand the effects of the novel coronavirus COVID-19 on the aviation industry. We also look at the state of the 737 MAX and the prospects for the aircraft’s return to service one year …   Read More
  • AvTalk Episode 78: Climb into the Skynest

    On this episode of AvTalk, air traffic in China is down over 80% from the beginning of the year, the first Air France A380 enters retirement, and Air New Zealand’s Skynest may be a way to make ultra-long-haul economy a little less terrible.   Read More
  • AvTalk Episode 77: Jetting in the Jet Stream

    On this episode of AvTalk, a Pegasus Airlines 737 overruns the runway in Istanbul, traffic to China grinds to a halt, Air Italy calls it quits, and the jet stream helps British Airways set a new record.   Read More
  • AvTalk Episode 76: The Coronavirus Response

    On this episode of AvTalk, we discuss the Coronavirus response, as authorities and airlines try to stop its spread. Kobe Bryant and his daughter are among those killed in a helicopter crash in California this past weekend. And Boeing’s 777X takes flight for the first time.   Read More
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