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The impact of COVID-19 on aviation

January 1, 2021

Cirium aviation updates provide insights on flight disruption and recovery across the globe for airlines and airports; reviewing schedules and routes, aircraft groundings by airline and aircraft types; analyzing fleet leasing and aircraft values trends, by tapping into Cirium Core data sets and leveraging our experts.

Cirium carefully analyzes the global impact of COVID-19 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; as well as 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 showcase 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

Cirium Idea

Take an immersive 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.

March 18, 2021 | 3:00 PM GMT; 10:00 ET
WEBINAR: Navigating Turbulence

An in-depth review of the state of the aviation market including an overview of the impact on aviation asset values and lease rates.

Rob Morris – Global Head of Consultancy
Richard Evans – Senior Aviation Analyst
George Dimitroff – Head of Aviation Asset Valuations
Dick Forsberg – Commercial Aircraft Leasing & Strategy Professional


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

Aviation Industry:

  • COVID-19 weekly update: an ongoing illustration of trends to provide industry insights at this critical time.
  • Post: 21 years of airline passenger traffic growth wiped out In 2020: Cirium report reveals
  • Post: 2021: 7 key trends for air transport to recover, return stronger and accelerate digital transformation

Webinars and videos:

  • 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
    View now.
  • On-demand webinar: Navigating the Flight Plan to Recovery (held on 30 July) This webinar looks at utilization figures, a scenario analysis of possible outcomes based on new cases, government involvement and passenger demand, and an overview of what the aerospace sector needs to do to support airline recovery. View here.
  • Video: Disruption Dashboard – How to view aviation changes, cancellations and disruption activity.


  • Post: Understanding the impact of Covid-19 on supply and demand, asset values and lease rates.

Travel management:

  • Post: How corporate travel managers can approach the unused ticket problem.
Flight disruption globally:
  • Post: Utilizing fleets, utilization and 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 impact on US, Europe travel.
  • Video: Cirium expert Henk Ombelet talks about the impact of the coronavirus 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.
  • News release: Domestic markets for Asia-Pacific airlines on track for recovery through July, according to Cirium.
  • Video: Cirium expert, Joanna Lu, talks about governmental support to the aviation sector in view of Covid-19.
In-storage fleet:
  • Post: Covid-19 crisis could lead lessors to 50% fleet penetration
  • 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 14 April 2020, only 38% of the global fleet is currently in service.

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 the coronavirus.

IATA Health and Safety Resources

WorldAware Intelligence & Resource Center

For media enquires about Covid-19, please contact us.

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