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Press Release: China operates more flights than US airlines in May 2020

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Press Release hub banner blue with title in red white and blueMay 2020 is set to be the first ever month in which Chinese airlines operate more passenger flights than their US counterparts.

Cirium tracking data shows that from Friday, May 1, 2020 up to and including Wednesday, May 27, 2020, Chinese airlines had completed nearly 200,000 flights with passenger-configured widebody, narrowbody and regional aircraft, compared with fewer than 170,000 for carriers based in the US.

China has achieved this milestone because its airlines have recovered to an activity level approximately 35% below last year, whereas US operators remain 74% down as a result of the collapse in passenger demand due to the coronavirus crisis.

Meanwhile the global stored passenger aircraft fleet has declined slightly to just over 15,000, taking the overall proportion of inactive aircraft down a further percentage point to 57%.

About Cirium 

Cirium brings together powerful data and analytics to keep the world in motion.


Cirium delivers insight, built from decades of experience in the sector, enabling travel companies, aircraft manufacturers, airports, airlines and financial institutions, among others, to make logical and informed decisions which shape the future of travel, growing revenues and enhancing customer experiences.

Cirium is part of RELX, a global provider of information-based analytics and decision tools for professional and business customers.

For more updates on tracked flight data, please visit: https://www.cirium.com/thoughtcloud/coronavirus-monitoring-passenger-jet-activity-through-the-hibernation-phase/

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