Why are there so many planes on the Flight Radar 24 map, despite the COVID-19 pandemic?
Who is flying at the moment? I thought all planes were supposed to be grounded.
- Rona LachatLv 72 months ago
You thought WRONG
On a normal day there are about 100,000 flights just in the USA.with about 90%+ occupancy
Planes fly now at about 50% or less.
approximately One MILLION seats did not fly TODAY
WHO is flying.
Those desperate to get back home.First responders trying to get where needed and a few selfish people.
Some flights main purpose is the cargo of needed medical stuff they take from one place to some other.
- HerfnerdLv 72 months ago
Flights are not gournded - Trump only restricted flights to/from
certain countries. Airlines have voluntarily cut back on services, though
- MSLv 72 months ago
Domestic flights are still operating. There has been no shutdown of domestic air travel. Flights are being canceled and operating under low capacity, but they are still flying. Some essential workers have to travel for work. I know a retired couple who had spent 4 months visiting their daughter across the country, and they needed to come home. I doubt many people are flying for leisure/vacation, but some probably are.
- Roger KLv 72 months ago
No, they are not grounded.
In order to get money from the government bailout, the airlines must continue flights between their usual cities. They may cut the frequency of flights, like only 1 flight from NYC to DC instead of 5.
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- JosephLv 72 months ago
No, the flights are not grounded. The airlines cancelled MOST, but not all of their flights. Some international traffic rights are issued to the airlines on the use-it-or-loose it basis, so the airlines have to fly them, even if there are almost no passengers. They make up for it somewhat, by carrying cargo instead of passengers' luggage.
I just looked on Flightradar24. Most of the traffic in the air right now, (about 8:20 am in New York) especially over the North Atlantic and the Caribbean is freighters. Many other flights, though listed as passenger, are also carrying cargo only.
- MattLv 52 months ago
Freight/cargo flights are still running
- Anonymous2 months ago
You thought wrong.
- David B.Lv 72 months ago
No, they aren't but many airlines have suspended flights to some specific locations. Those suspensions are voluntary not mandated by the government.
- sunshine_melLv 72 months ago
Repatriation flights are still ongoing - hundreds of thousands of people were in other countries (work/travel/visiting family) that are trying to get home