Coronavirus: up to 18% drop in global long haul flights

As the effect of coronavirus on demand for air travel continues to materialise, here’s a quick look at some of the key numbers from the past month on the supply side, courtesy of OAG’s Schedules Analyser tool.

-75%: capacity drop from Hong Kong-based carriers, February to March

Source: OAG Schedules Analyser

Cathay Pacific has seen a 75% drop in flights operated, from 01 February to the time of writing, 04 March. Regional arm Cathay Dragon has been even worse hit by travel restrictions to China, with an 81% cut and operating just 31 flights on 04 March.

2x: usage of widebodies on US domestic flights

Source: OAG Schedules Analyser

Number of daily domestic widebody flights to be operated by United Airlines in April. The up to 95 flights is more than double February’s figure, as the carrier, along with American, redeploys aircraft from cancelled long haul services onto the less affected domestic market. Delta is also following the trend, but on a more short-term basis for now, with usage returning to normal from the start of S20.

-18%: drop in global long-haul flights operated by top 5 widebodies

Source: OAG Schedules Analyser

Average drop in daily scheduled long-haul flights globally, operated by the top-five widebodies. The A330-300 has been particularly affected, with a 30% drop, being mainly used in hard-hit South East Asia. Click here to see our recent profile on the changing usage of widebodies in the past decade.


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