This world map details the various flight paths from around the globe. This was the situation as detected by air traffic control towers on July 25, 2019. This hot summer Thursday was dubbed by flight-delayed.com as “aviation’s busiest day in history”.
More than 230,000 flights were spotted that day by global flight tracker Flightradar24. This record number beats the previous record by 5,000 flights, i.e. 225,000 flights, which was recorded on the previous day, July 24, 2019. Both figures are more than double the average of 100,000 flights that travel the world every day.
Travel+Leisure added that at any given time, over 9,000 planes carrying more than 1.2 million people are traveling through the air.
It is worthy to note, however, that these figures were recorded before the coronavirus pandemic hit in early 2020, which badly affected the aviation industry.
These books take a closer look at the world of aviation:
- Flight: The Complete History of Aviation
- Cockpit Confidential: Everything You Need to Know About Air Travel: Questions, Answers, and Reflections
- Boeing 737: The World’s Most Controversial Commercial Jetliner
- Flight Failure: Investigating the Nuts and Bolts of Air Disasters and Aviation Safety
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