The Busy Summer Skies—Continuing to Break Flight Tracking Records

From 00:00 to 23:59 UTC on 13 July, we tracked 205,468 flights, our most ever and only the third time we’ve ever tracked more than 200,000 flights in a single day. The two previous days in which we tracked over 200,000 were the day prior, 12 July, and the last Friday in June. 29 June was the first time ever we tracked over 200,000 flights.

205,468 flights in 24 hours

Friday’s are often the busiest day of the week and this week was no exception as we tracked 205,468 flights around the world.

When will traffic peak?

As the summer goes on, we expect to break this record a few more times. Peak traffic in the last two years has occurred at the end of August. Last August, we recorded the greatest number of flights on 24 August, tracking 190,003 flights.

Each year’s low occurs on 25 December as nearly everyone traveling for Christmas has completed their journey and multiple major airlines cease operations for the day. On 25 December 2017, we only tracked 101,511 flights.

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