Flightradar24 reports air traffic climbs past 50,000 flights a day

June 20, 2020

Flightradar24 has tracked 50,038 commercial flights on June 18, the first time since March 24 that more than 50,000 commercial flights took to the sky.

In a report authored by Ian Petchenik, the tracking website said that the low point in commercial traffic occurred on April 12 when only 23,923 commercial flights were in the air.

But it adds a note of caution saying that non-commercial traffic growth has lead the way.

In the report, it says that commercial flight activity has grown steadily since mid-April lows, but still remains well below 2019 levels.

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To put that in perspective while June 18’s 50,038 flights is a positive step, on the same weekday – June 21 – in 2019 the website tracked 126,753 commercial flights.

Flightradar24 also adds that on June 18, 2020, commercial flights accounted for 38.8 percent of total flight activity, while in 2019, on the third Thursday in June, commercial flights made up 57.6 percent of total flights.

Another serious note of caution is that 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 says Flightradar24.