Updated 27 February 2020
Air traffic at China’s busiest airports is down more than 80% since the beginning of the year. The decline began during the third week in January and accelerated in the fourth week. Declines have pared a bit in February, but this is likely due to an already dramatic reduction in operations. Until the recovery begins, this level of service appears to be the new status quo.
Falling traffic in China
On 21 January 10,522 flights departed from China’s 25 busiest airports (see list below). On 11 February, just 2,123 flights departed from those airports. By 18 February, fewer than 2,000 flights departed China’s busiest airports with just 1,868 departures that day. Total traffic increased ever-so-slightly on 25 February to 1,891 total departures, but flights in Beijing, Shanghai, and Guangzhou all saw further contraction—with Shanghai seeing nearly 100 fewer departures this week. Chengdu added almost 40 flights this week. Flights in Beijing, Shanghai, and Guangzhou are all down an average of 85% from the middle of January.
Departures from Europe’s busiest airports to China are also about about 90% since 21 January.
And from Seoul-ICN flights have decreased by 84%.
Global commercial traffic (flights operated by an airline, both passenger and cargo) is down 4.4% for February from last year.
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Departures from China’s busiest airports
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