It can be difficult to grasp what this all means for the travel industry. Here are some raw numbers to give us some perspective.

By Eric Rosen
May 20, 2020
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The outbreak of coronavirus has changed travel as we knew it. Borders have been closed, travel bans enacted, and mandatory lockdowns enforced around the globe. The travel industry has been one of the hardest hit — millions of flights have been canceled, thousands of hotels have closed, and cruise ships are docked indefinitely.

With the news changing so fast, it can be hard to keep track of the statistics and get a grasp of what this all really means for the travel industry. Here are some raw numbers to give us all some perspective on just how hard the airline industry in particular has been hit. Some are depressing, some are uplifting, all are significant.

87,534: The record-low number of passengers screened at U.S. airports by the TSA on April 14, down from 2.28 million on March 1, and a 96% drop from the same day a year before.

73.7%: Reduction in commercial flights in April compared to 2019 as tracked by Flightradar24. Total flights were down 62%.

16,800: Total number of passenger airplanes in storage in April, according to travel industry analytics company Cirium, accounting for 64% of the global fleet.

7,577: Planes currently still in service — around the same number as in 1991, according to Cirium.

47 million tons: Reduction in CO2 emissions from flights as estimated using data from the Air Transport Action Group and Flightradar24.

13.6 million: Equivalent number of cars taken off the road for a year in terms of carbon emission reductions due to flights canceled in March and April.

23,926: Number of commercial flights in the air on the least busy day so far, April 12.

$314 billion: Drop in passenger revenues in 2020 projected by the International Air Transport Association (IATA), a 55% decline compared to 2019.

2.7 million: Airline jobs at risk based on IATA predictions, which also found 25 million aviation-related jobs to be in danger as a whole.

$50 billion: Total allotted by the U.S. government CARES act in loans and grants to U.S. airlines.

90%: Reduction in United’s international schedule in May and June.

500,000: Pounds of unused food donated by Delta to hospitals, food banks, and other organizations.

25,000: Meals donated by American Airlines through a partnership with Lee Initiative’s Restaurant Workers Relief Program.

$4.5 billion: Combined losses posted by American Airlines, Delta, Southwest, and United for the first quarter of 2020.

76,030: Number of Americans the U.S. State Department has helped repatriate as of May 1 on 810 flights from 126 countries and territories.

$100 million: Revenue lost by United each day according to the airline’s president, Scott Kirby. Delta’s CEO, Ed Bastian, said his airline was losing $60 million per day.

5.9 million: Number of travel-related jobs that will be lost due to coronavirus, according to the U.S. Travel Association.

100,000: Employees at American Airlines, Delta, Southwest, and United who have already agreed to unpaid leave or salary cuts.

$1.16 billion: Combined first-quarter losses posted by aircraft manufacturers Boeing and Airbus in 2020.

550: Gallons of hand sanitizer United has produced in its San Francisco maintenance center, enough to supply employees across the airline’s system.

100,000: Pairs of round-trip flights to anywhere it flies that JetBlue is giving away to healthcare heroes nominated here.