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Coronavirus COVID-19 Traffic Impact 2020
T2RL is reporting on the traffic impact of COVID-19 on the top 50 airlines worldwide and overall trends. Traffic is measured in passengers boarded, flights count and security checks and is estimated where official figures are unavailable. China is accounted for separately from the rest of the Asia Pacific region.

Traffic is updated and adjusted as soon as new information becomes available.
 
 

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The top 50 carriers by passengers boarded have witnessed an estimated:
24% traffic decline in Q1 2020 (Jan - March) compared to Q1 2019
86% traffic decline in Q2 2020 (April - June) compared to Q2 2019
56.8% traffic decline in 1H 2020 (Jan - June) compared to 1H 2019
 

Top 50 Airlines 2020 Passenger Volumes by Region

- The chart shows Passengers Boarded in millions, by region
- August and September figures are estimated
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North America

- Top 9 North American airline groups saw an estimated 14.5% traffic decline in Q1 2020 compared to Q1 2019.
- US carriers reported stable YOY growth of 5% in January and February and -51% traffic decline reported for March.
- Top 9 North American airline groups saw an estimated 89% traffic decline in Q2 2020 compared to Q2 2019.
- 96% traffic decline reported in April, -90% in May and -82% in June.
- Top 9 North American airline groups saw an estimated 54% traffic decline in 1H 2020 compared to 1H 2019.
- Traffic recovery reported in July with -73% and projected for August (-69%) and September (-66%).






March-July US Security Checks
Full details on our USA page.


Europe

- Top 15 airlines in Europe saw an estimated 19% traffic decline in Q1 2020 compared to Q1 2019.
- European carriers were relatively stable in January and February, but witnessed -54% traffic decline in March 2020.
- Top 15 airlines in Europe saw an estimated 96% traffic decline in Q2 2020 compared to Q2 2019.
- Drastic traffic decline witnessed in April (-99%) and May (-98%) and June (-93%).
- Europe's largest carriers Ryanair and EasyJet suspended all operations from end March until June 2020
- Top 15 airlines in Europe saw an estimated 62% traffic decline in 1H 2020 compared to 1H 2019.
- Traffic recovery reported for July (-77%) and and projected for August (-67%) and September (65%).






March-July European Flight Count
Full details on our Europe page.


China

- Top 6 Chinese airline groups witnessed a 57% traffic decline in 1H 2020 compared to 1H 2019.
- Slight decline in January (-9%), major decline in February (-87%) and improvement reported in March (-74%).
- Chinese carriers reported the largest traffic decline in Q1 2020 (-56.8%) in comparison to all other regions.
- Recovery reported in April (-72%), May (-56%) and June (-46%).
- Chinese carriers reported the smallest traffic decline in Q2 2020 (-57.8%) in comparison to all other regions.
- Further recovery reported for July (-38%) and projected for August (-30%) and September (-21%).




Asia Pacific (excluding China)

- Top 13 Asia-Pacific based carriers saw an estimated 20% traffic decline in Q1 2020 compared to Q1 2019.
- Asia-Pacific carriers reported 3% growth in January, -7% traffic decline in February and -55% in March.
- Top 13 Asia-Pacific based carriers saw an estimated 91% traffic decline in Q2 2020 compared to Q2 2019.
- 95% and 93% traffic decline reported in April and May respectively and gradual recovery with 85% decline reported in June.
- Top 13 Asia-Pacific based carriers saw an estimated 56% traffic decline in 1H 2020 compared to 1H 2019.
- Further traffic recovery reported in July (-79%) and projected for August (-75%) and September (-72%).




Middle East

- Top 3 airlines in the Middle East saw an estimated 20% traffic decline in Q1 2020 compared to Q1 2019.
- Middle East carriers were relatively stable in January and February, but witnessed a 59% traffic decline in March 2020.
- Top 3 airlines in the Middle East saw an estimated 84% traffic decline in Q2 2020 compared to Q2 2019.
- Traffic decline in April (-90%), May (-86%) and June (-78%).
- Top 3 airlines in the Middle East saw an estimated 53% traffic decline in 1H 2020 compared to 1H 2019.
- Gradual recovery projected in July (-72%), August (-68%) and September (-65%).




Latin America and Caribbean

- Top 4 Latin America & Caribbean airline groups have reported a 6% traffic decline in Q1 2020 compared to Q1 2019.
- Latin America & Caribbean carriers reported 7% and 9% traffic growth in January and February respectively, and 36% traffic decline in March.
- Top 4 Latin America & Caribbean airline groups witnessed a 94.5% traffic decline in Q2 2020 compared to Q2 2019.
- Major traffic declines reported in April (-96%), May (-95%) and June (-92%).
- Top 4 Latin America & Caribbean airline groups witnessed a 49% traffic decline in 1H 2020 compared to 1H 2019.
- Gradual recovery reported in July (-88%) and projected for August (-84%) and September (-77.5%).




 
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