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Total flights tracked by Flightradar24 through March 2020
A historic drop in air traffic
March witnessed a historic drop in air traffic as COVID-19 travel restrictions expanded and demand for air travel evaporated. Here are the numbers.
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New statistics page
Check out our new statistics page
We’ve further updated our statistics page to include a commercial traffic chart and the ability to download the charts and associated data in the format of your choice going back 90 days.
See the updated stats page now
An Austrian Airlines repatriation flight
What does it take to operate a repatriation flight?
Austrian Airlines has already operated repatriation flights from over a dozen cities and continues to bring Austrians back to Vienna. Learn from one of their pilots how the flights are planned and some of the unique challenges the flights present.
Learn how repatriation flights are planned and operated
China Eastern’s converted A330
Cargo carries the day
Airlines are making big changes to how they operate in the face of COVID-19. In addition to the growth of dedicated cargo service—including Atlas Air taking at least one 747 out of storage—airlines are getting creative.  
See how airlines are getting creative with cargo
Heathrow NOTAM
No, you can’t use Heathrow for training
London’s Heathrow Airport has issued a NOTAM forbidding the use of the airport for unapproved training purposes. This follows a similar restriction in Chicago after enterprising pilots took advantage of the closed Midway Airport control tower. 
See traffic at London-Heathrow
FLIGHTS TO FOLLOW
Airbus A350-1000
Manufacturers operating more medical supply flights
In addition to various airlines, aircraft manufacturers are operating special medical supply flights. Airbus is currently sending its A350-1000 test aircraft to China to collect supplies for distribution in Germany and France. Boeing has offered the use of its special 747 Dreamlifter to the US as well.
AVIATION PHOTOS OF THE WEEK
Lufthansa aircraft parked in Frankfurt
Stored Lufthansa wide body aircraft line the runway in Frankfurt.
SAS A320neo
An SAS A320neo enjoying a bit of a crosswind as it lands in Stockholm.
Emirates A380 departure
An Emirates A380 departing Düsseldorf.
INSIDE FLIGHTRADAR24
Wrong route shown in information panel
Well that’s not right...
As flights dwindle, some errors become more noticeable, especially incorrect or missing routes. We don’t receive the route from the aircraft directly, we use the call sign transmitted by the aircraft to match a flight number, schedule, and route. Sometimes the routes match incorrectly or we don’t receive schedules from the airline so we match based on historical flight numbers.
Learn more
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How air traffic control is being affected
More air traffic control facilities have been affected by COVID-19-related closures. Catch up on latest episode of AvTalk to learn more about how air traffic control facilities are coping with closures. 
Listen to AvTalk
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