FlightAware Blog Home    Aviation Stats Update: January 12, 2021

"With parts of China experiencing new restrictions in response to an increase in COVID-19 cases, we are seeing a decrease in commercial air traffic. Previously, China was making a strong recovery, coming within -10% of parity to 2019 this past October. This week commercial airline traffic in China hit -26%, which is the largest gap we have seen since July of 2020."

-Daniel Baker, CEO, FlightAware


Commercial Airline Traffic - United States

United States

Quick Stats:
Commercial Aviation - United States  |  Weekly Average

2021 Flights/Day: 16,143
2020 Flights/Day: 28,078
Year-over-year change: -42.51%


Commercial Airline Traffic - Worldwide


Quick Stats:
Commercial Aviation - Worldwide  |  Weekly Average

2021 Flights/Day: 52,666
2020 Flights/Day: 98,461
Year-over-year change: -46.51%


Commercial Airline Traffic - Europe


Quick Stats:
Commercial Aviation - Europe  |  Weekly Average

2021 Flights/Day: 7,230
2020 Flights/Day: 21,345
Year-over-year change: -66.13%


Commercial Airline Traffic - China

China Graph

Quick Stats:
Commercial Aviation - China  |  Weekly Average

2021 Flights/Day: 10,865
2020 Flights/Day: 14,736
Year-over-year change: -26.27%


Commercial Airline: Any scheduled passenger airline flights. The FAA refers to these as Part 121 and Part 129 traffic. The airline numbers shown in this report do not include canceled flights.


Business Aviation Traffic - United States

BA_United States

Quick Stats:
 Business Aviation Traffic - United States |  Weekly Average

2021 Flights/Day: 8,957
2020 Flights/Day: 9,268
Year-over-year change: -3.35%


Business Aviation: Any turbine general aviation flights that are not commercial or cargo airlines. The FAA refers to these as Part 91 or 135 traffic.


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FlightAware Blog Home    Aviation Stats Update: January 12, 2021

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