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How data visuals can help the air travel industry in times of disruption

April 9, 2020

See it in action  In less than 3 minutes, you can see how Cirium analytics capabilities can visualize year over […]

See it in action 

In less than 3 minutes, you can see how Cirium analytics capabilities can visualize year over year global disruption by day and quickly review cancellation hotspots from today looking backward.

Current situation

The industry’s future recovery is important to us at Cirium. We are proud to share one of the quick solutions our teams have worked up to provide customers critical insights via visual analytics.

To better analyze a complex mix of datapoints instantly, we’ve connected the where, when and who of airline flight schedules, operational active flight status and cancellations. Through a series of different visuals and filters, we can compare a single day year over year, or across a range of dates.

Organizations within air travel, and those looking at it from the outside, are incorporating daily flight analytics into their everyday business operations. When it’s critical to pinpoint the impact of a particular activity in time, you have to manipulate massive amounts of data. Visualizing it can be the best way to spot where to focus your attention. We’ve been working with all our customers to get them the insights they need. If you have questions, you can skip straight to asking for help here.

Yes, there is more uncertainty in the industry than anyone has previously experienced. The recovery will be long, but the new data-driven decision making required to navigate so many unknowns will be based on data analytics and technology expertise.

Flight analysis for April 8, 2020 (watch video)

  • This time of year is normally an active travel period due to school breaks and regional holidays.
  • For the same day last year, April 8, 2019, 104,840 commercial flights completed representing 15.51M seats.
  • This year, there were only 28,836 flights flown with a total of 3.7M actual seats flown globally for one day.
  • 9,700 of the adjusted scheduled flights were cancelled, which is almost one-third of the total planned flights for April 8, 2020.
  • North America accounts for 38% of global cancellations over the past 3 days, April 6-8, 2020.

Source: Cirium aviation analytics data

“We have had customers need to quickly identify heavily impacted areas for cancellations, so we knew representing the information on a map would make that easier to see hotspots. It’s also the fastest way to integrate and contextualize a variety of data points,” said Jim Hetzel, Head of Air Ops Product.

It’s an important time for teams to get familiar with the current situation, and update all their data access to be monitoring for indicators of change. Here’s a couple suggestions for how to stay abreast of today’s dynamic environment.

Learning from different visuals

For planning: We have customers who need to update their capacity planning and understand current capacity trends. If they can see the details of who is flying, and where they are going, all in one big picture, then they do not have to spend time scouring rows of status details and notifications for insights.  The ideal solution here is to plot the data to compare year-over-year changes in a line graph or chart.

For operations: Airlines and airports need to understand what capacity is being disrupted, and where the disruptions are occurring.  The cancellation view presents a visualization from where the delays are originating and enables customers to isolate specific airports and flight details.

If you have any questions about the data you see here, don’t hesitate to ask. We are here to help.

Looking for in-depth industry insights?

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