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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
65% traffic decline in Q3 2020 (July - Sept) compared to Q3 2019
59% traffic decline in Q4 2020 (Oct - Dec) compared to Q4 2019
 

Top 50 Airlines 2020 Passenger Volumes by Region

- The chart shows Passengers Boarded in millions, by region
- December and January figures are projected
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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 in 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 72% traffic decline in Q3 2020 compared to Q3 2019.
- Traffic recovery reported in July (-75%), August (-72%) and September (-68%).
- Top 9 North American airline groups saw an estimated 64% traffic decline in Q4 2020 compared to Q4 2019.
- Gradual recovery reported in October (-65%) and November (-63.5%) and projected for December (-63%).
- Slight recovery reported for January 2021 (-62%) and similar decline projected for February 2021 (-61%).






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 69% traffic decline in Q3 2020 compared to Q3 2019.
- Traffic recovery reported in July (-76%) and August (-63%), but another decline reported in September (-69%).
- Top 15 airlines in Europe saw an estimated 78% traffic decline in Q4 2020 compared to Q4 2019.
- Further traffic declines reported in October (-74%) and November (-80.5%) and projected for December (-80%).
- 80% traffic decline projected for January 2021 and 81% traffic decline projected for February 2021.






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


China

- Top 6 Chinese airline groups reported the largest traffic decline in Q1 2020 (-56.8%) in comparison to all other regions.
- Slight decline in January (-9%), major decline in February (-87%) and improvement reported in March (-74%).
- Chinese carriers reported the smallest traffic decline in Q2 2020 (-57.8%) in comparison to all other regions.
- Recovery reported in April (-72%), May (-56%) and June (-46%).
- Top 6 Chinese airlines groups saw an estimated 29% traffic decline in Q3 2020 compared to Q3 2019.
- Recovery reported for July (-38%) and August (-29.5%) and September (-17%).
- Top 6 Chinese airlines groups saw an estimated 18% traffic decline in Q4 2020 compared to Q4 2019.
- Slight recovery reported in October (-16%) with another decline in November (-19%) and December (-20%).
- Further traffic decline projected for January 2021 (-44%) and major increase projected for February 2021 in comparison to February 2020, however still 61.6% lower than February 2019 traffic and a further drop from January 2021.




Asia Pacific (excluding China)

- Top 13 Asia-Pacific based carriers saw an estimated 21% traffic decline in Q1 2020 compared to Q1 2019.
- Asia-Pacific carriers reported 1% growth in January, 9% traffic decline in February and 55% decline in March.
- Top 13 Asia-Pacific based carriers saw an estimated 91% traffic decline in Q2 2020 compared to Q2 2019.
- 94% 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 76% traffic decline in Q3 2020 compared to Q3 2019.
- Gradual traffic recovery reported in July (-80%) and August (-78%) and September (-71%).
- Top 13 Asia-Pacific based carriers saw an estimated 64% traffic decline in Q4 2020 compared to Q4 2019.
- Further traffic recovery reported in October (-67%) and November (-63%) and projected same for December (-63%).
- 65% traffic decline projected for January 2021 and 62% decline projected for February 2021.




Middle East

- Top 3 airlines in the Middle East saw an estimated 21% 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 92% traffic decline in Q2 2020 compared to Q2 2019.
- Traffic decline in April (-94%), May (-93%) and June (-89%).
- Top 3 airlines in the Middle East saw an estimated 82% traffic decline in Q3 2020 compared to Q3 2019.
- Gradual recovery in July (-86%) and August (-82%) and September (-78%).
- Top 3 airlines in the Middle East saw an estimated 74% traffic decline in Q4 2020 compared to Q4 2019.
- Traffic recovery projected for October (-77%), November (-74%) and December (-71%).
- Further recovery projected for January 2021 (-68%) and another decline projected for February 2021 (-70%).




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 95% 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 83% traffic decline in Q3 2020 compared to Q3 2019.
- Gradual recovery reported in July (-88%), August (-84%) and September (-75%).
- Top 4 Latin America & Caribbean airline groups witnessed a 57% traffic decline in Q4 2020 compared to Q4 2019.
- Traffic recovery reported in October (-65%), November (-56%) and for December (-49%).
- 50% traffic decline projected for January 2021 and February 2021.




 
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