The impact of COVID-19 (coronavirus) on aviation

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

Cirium is carefully analyzing 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 across the globe and what this means for airlines and airports; reviewing the aircraft groundings by airline and aircraft types; and analyzing the fleet leasing and aircraft values informatics.

With so many rapid developments, visualizing the 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 our data visualizations, which showcases what we can see by fusing data sets such as flight status and flight schedules data.

Cirium Idea: Travel Waiver Activity
Identify when and where travel waivers are in effect.

Travel waiver activity

Check which airports are currently covered by a waiver, and to see how long they are covered, giving travel agencies an idea of how many waivers are in effect for any given time period. It also informs airlines how their coverage of waivers compares to the rest of the market.

Cirium Idea: Coronavirus Aviation Impact
Looks at the impact on the domestic and international flights for China since 01-Jan-2020.

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

Aviation Industry:
  • News Release: Domestic markets for Asia-Pacific airlines on track for recovery through July, according to Cirium
  • New post with videos: Tracking airframe utilization trends during COVID-19.
  • Updated infographic: Industry by the Numbers: The outlook for the aviation market. This infographic illustrates GDP, air traffic, global fleet and regional insights.
  • Webinar: Post Coronavirus recovery for aviation in China and the Asia Pacific region. June 23rd at 3pm SGT, 8am BST. Register.
  • Post: Rob Morris utilizes schedules, fleet, and flight status data to assess the impact of coronavirus on the aviation industry.
  • Post: Resilient together – Why innovation should be at the center of your travel brand’s COVID-19 response.
  • Video: How to view aviation changes, cancellations and disruption activity.
  • On-demand Webinar:Join us to hear from experts Rob Morris and George Dimitroff. Watch Now.
  • On-demand webinar: Coronavirus: the route to a planned and predictable aviation industry recovery – Thursday 7th May – 3pm BST, 10am ET. Watch Now

Stay ahead of the curve

Travel management:
  • New post: How corporate travel managers can approach the unused ticket problem.
  • Video: Cirium expert, Joanna Lu, talks about governmental support to the aviation sector in view of Covid-19.
In-storage fleet:
  • Post: COVID-19: Navigating the flight plan to recovery.
  • Post: Understanding Cirium’s methodology for stored aircraft during COVID-19.
  • Daily Update: 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:
  • New 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.

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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