As coronavirus cases continue to rise in parts of Africa, countries in Asia and Europe are giving holiday-makers the green light to start travelling to overseas destinations. In Nigeria, domestic flights resumed yesterday, 8 July, so we decided to look at the trends and effects travel restrictions have had on the continent since the start of the pandemic.
Naturally, volume is down
A look at the monthly flights tracked by the OpenSky Network shows flight volumes are down 46% year-on-year (roughly 1.2 million flights less than last year). While this isn’t surprising given international flights have only begun to ramp up, travellers and airlines have felt the effects. As governments worldwide ease lockdown restrictions and lift bans on international travel, some questions remain around flight schedules with frequent cancellations as airlines struggle to fill seats.
A comparison of global flights in June 2019 and June 2020. Source: OpenSky Network
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