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Flight tracker reveals empty South African skies as planes stop flying during coronavirus lockdown

PUBLISHED: Fri, 27 Mar 2020 15:39:29 GMT

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Flights across South Africa’s airspace have dropped to a standstill as airlines ground planes to stop the spread of coronavirus. Stills from flight tracking service Flight Radar 24 reveals a massive reduction in planes flying over the country.

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Air traffic over South Africa on March 27th, 2020. Source: Flight Tracker 24
Air traffic over South Africa on March 25th, 2020. Source: Flight Tracker 24

Fewer planes are flying as countries around the world go into lockdown and airlines cut services. According to the International Air Transport Association, airlines will lose an estimated $113 bn in passenger revenues worldwide.

The number of flights tracked by Flight Radar24 has dropped by 50%

Earlier this month, Dubai-based Emirates Airlines suspended all passenger flights for a renewable period of two weeks as the United Arab Emirates halts all inbound, outbound and transit passenger flights in its effort to combat the spread of the coronavirus. 

An Airbus A380-800 passenger plane of the Emirates Airlines at Moscow’s Domodedovo Airport.
Mikhail Tereshchenko | TASS | Getty Images