As travel bans, border shut downs and airport closures take full effect, airlines are cancelling routes. These photos show planes parked all over the world. Runways are now turning into parking lots…
The airline industry is in complete turmoil with most carriers completely shutting down flights, or working off extremely limited schedules. Both the major transfer hubs in the world and some of the world’s biggest airports are on near full lockdown.
Normally, a large portion of planes are in the air, but with so many aircrafts lying idle on the ground airlines are having to find creative ways to park them. This often involves spare runways and alternative airports.
These Remarkable Photos Show Planes Parked Around The World…
Europe is feeling the pain, with many of the short haul airlines like Ryanair and Easyjet suspending all services. The longer haul flights have also been restricted.
Planes parked on taxi ways at Frankfort Airport 🛬 pic.twitter.com/nw66kEOKv6
— Aviation For Aviators (@Aviaforaviators) March 24, 2020
The planes are so tight beside each other that entire runways are now in use as parking lots until the skies open again. Nobody has any real idea just how long that will take.
Lufthansa Airbus A330-300 long-haul aircraft parked in the northwest lane 07L/25R of Frankfurt Airport (FRA/EDDH). Frankfurt Airport has a total of 4 runways. One of them was closed for "parking" planes. The main taxiways are also used to store the aircraft. pic.twitter.com/syrsGDH6TM
— Massimo Frantarelli (@MrPrismakov) March 24, 2020
France is especially suffering from the coronavirus; their national airline has had to park most of its fleet.
— Trent Murray (@trent_murray) March 25, 2020
Things are not much better in on the other side of the Atlantic, where at least one-third of the American population is on lockdown…
Photo via Reddit user Lanesplit.
American airlines is one of of the worst hit US carriers, with its stock price crashing and mass cancelations. They’re suspending up to 90% of international routes.
American Airlines parked planes at Tulsa airport effect of Coronavirus
Photos by Nick Oxford pic.twitter.com/4pXXMg4lFE
— Aviation24™ (@aviation24glb) March 25, 2020
As for the Middle East region? The United Arab Emirates have banned all flights. This is a major blow considering it is such a key transit hub. Emirates has grounded 100s of huge jets.
Photos showing the grounding of Emirates aircraft at Dubai Airports (Photos: zeTravelersClub). pic.twitter.com/EXKjD7P6La
— Breaking Aviation News (@breakingavnews) March 25, 2020
Just like so many things happening in the world at the moment, the sight of mass parked jets is an unusual and eerie one.
🇪🇺 Un ciel européen presque vide dès la semaine prochaine.
Des milliers d’avions au sol, et pour des semaines encore ! pic.twitter.com/CAyw1cUtDl
— air plus news (@airplusnews) March 21, 2020
Hopefully, this is something that changes soon. We hope the world gets back to some sort of normality. Travel is something we can all only dream of right now.
— Chad E. Colby (@TheChadColby) March 23, 2020
The bailouts have already started for airlines to try and save jobs. We reckon that saving small businesses is just as important…