Flightradar24 tracked 50,038 commercial flights on 18 June, the first time since 24 March that more than 50,000 commercial flights took to the sky. The low point in commercial traffic occurred on 12 April when we tracked just 23,923 commercial flights. Thus far however, non-commercial traffic growth has lead the way.

More than 50,000 commercial flights

Commercial flight activity has grown steadily since mid-April lows, but remains far below 2019 levels. While 18 June’s 50,038 flights is a positive step, on the third Thursday of June 2019 (21 June) we tracked 126,753 commercial flights.

Commercial flights 2019 vs 2020

Commercial flights 2019 vs 2020

Commercial flights as a share of total flights

On 18 June 2020, commercial flights accounted for 38.8% of total flight activity. In 2019, on the third Thursday in June, commercial flights made up 57.6% of total flights.

2019-2020 total and commercial flights

2019-2020 total and commercial flights

As airlines grow their schedules, especially European and North American airlines anticipating summer travel demand, we expect to see the number of commercial flights rise. However, any second wave of COVID-19 cases could have an adverse impact on flight activity, such as we’ve seen in Beijing during the third week of June.

Ian Petchenik’s love of aviation began at an early age growing up next to Chicago’s O’Hare Airport. As Flightradar24’s director of communications and co-host of the AvTalk podcast Ian now gets to share that passion for aviation with millions of Flightradar24 users and listeners around the world.

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