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The impact of COVID-19 (coronavirus) on aviation

Explore visualizations and analyses on the virus outbreak and its impact on the aviation industry

Cirium carefully analyzes the global impact of COVID-19 (coronavirus), on travel and tourism, by tapping into Cirium Core data sets and leveraging our expert teams. We are providing insights on flight disruption and recovery across the globe and what this means for airlines and airports; reviewing schedules and routes, and, aircraft groundings by airline and aircraft types; and analyzing fleet leasing and aircraft values informatics.

With so many rapid developments, visualizing analytics becomes critical to understanding what is happening across the industry. We want to enable the industry to quickly respond and better solve problems through access to data and actionable insights.

Start by exploring these data visualizations, which showcases what we can see by fusing Cirium data sets such as flight status and flight schedules data.

New Cirium Idea: The Impact of COVID-19 on China



Take an interactive journey from December 2019 to July 2020, to see how much of an impact Covid-19 has had on our industry. This Idea paints a picture of the road to recovery for one of the world’s biggest aviation markets, showing the path ahead for all markets. See the story.


Our analyses span aviation sectors and across regions. See below, in-depth insights on the impact of COVID-19.

Aviation Industry:
  • NEW – The Airline Insights Report: key indicators on the state of aviation recovery measuring monthly flight volume globally and by region airlines and airports, average delay minutes, and aircraft status (“in service” or “in storage”).
  • Webinar: Value your future: How can the aviation market plan for 2021?
    18th November – 15:00 GMT, 3PM ET
    Join presenters George Dimitroff, Head of Valuations, Ascend by Cirium and Richard Evans, Senior Aviation Analyst, Ascend by Cirium as they assess the impact of COVID-19 on aviation asset values. REGISTER
  • Post: Why data quality matters for post-pandemic forecasting
  • On-demand Webinar: Transform Aviation with Data, for a New World. (26th August, 2020)
    – Nick Ward, Head of OEM Digital Solutions, Rolls-Royce Digital
    – Fabrice Valentin, Head of Global Market Forecast, Airbus
    – Bruce Dankberg, Director Portfolio Management, Altavair
    – Andrew Doyle, Market Development Director, Cirium
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  • Post: Understanding the impact of COVID-19 on supply and demand, asset values and lease rates.
  • Video: Disruption Dashboard – How to view aviation changes, cancellations and disruption activity.
  • News Release: Domestic markets for Asia-Pacific airlines on track for recovery through July, according to Cirium

stay ahead of the curve

Travel management:
  • New post: How corporate travel managers can approach the unused ticket problem.
In-storage fleet:
  • Post: Tracking airframe utilization trends during COVID-19.
  • Updated Daily – Post: COVID-19: Navigating the flight plan to recovery.
  • Post: Understanding Cirium’s methodology for stored aircraft during COVID-19.
  • Updates: Coronavirus: Monitoring passenger jet activity through the hibernation phase.
  • Update: Cirium is monitoring in-storage figures on a daily basis.  As of April 14, 2020, only 38% of the global fleet is currently in-service.
Flight disruption globally:
  • Post: Utilizing fleets, utilization & schedules data to monitor China’s flight to recovery.
    China domestic air travel capacity returns in ‘beacon of hope’ for global recovery.
  • Report: Asia aviation slowly starting to rebuild.
  • UpdateAt least seven years of passenger growth initially lost by COVID-19 –
    Ascend by Cirium reports on the impact on airlines and aircraft manufacturers following IATA’s prediction for a 48% fall in traffic this year.
  • Post: COVID-19 (coronavirus) impact on US, Europe travel.
  • Video: Cirium expert Henk Ombelet talks about the impact the coronavirus was having at that time on airline operations.
  • February 21 Press Release: Cirium analysis of COVID-19 reveals over 200,000 flights canceled.
  • Jan 31 Press Release: 10,000 Chinese flights cancelled due to coronavirus.
  • Post: 10 fast facts -How COVID-19 impacts global airline operations.
  • Video: Cirium expert, Joanna Lu, talks about governmental support to the aviation sector in view of Covid-19.

Partner resources:

Elsevier Information Center While Cirium is working to provide insights into the impact on the aviation market, our fellow RELX analytics company Elsevier has collected relevant articles on Coronavirus.

IATA Health and Safety Resources

WorldAware Intelligence & Resource Center

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