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Anonymous asked in TravelAir Travel · 2 months ago

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.

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  • 2 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.

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  • 2 months ago

    Flights are not gournded - Trump only restricted flights to/from

     certain countries.  Airlines have voluntarily cut back on services, though

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  • MS
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    2 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.

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  • 2 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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  • Joseph
    Lv 7
    2 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.   

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  • Matt
    Lv 5
    2 months ago

    Freight/cargo flights are still running

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  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    You thought wrong.

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  • 2 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.

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  • 2 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

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