See The World’s Airports Empty Out As Coronavirus Spreads [Animation]
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Air travel is slowing dramatically amid the coronavirus pandemic. The number of seats on scheduled flights this week was down 15% worldwide compared to the week of January 20, according to data from OAG, but that understates the severity of the downturn given how many planes have been flying mostly empty. Foot traffic at airports may provide a better picture.
For example, on Wednesday, Milan's airport, at the epicenter of the outbreak in Italy, was 80% less busy than usual, and foot traffic at New York's John F. Kennedy airport was off 35%, based on data from Google's tracking of smartphone users' locations compiled by Wanderlog.
The San Francisco-based travel planning startup scraped data on an hourly basis for roughly 200 airports from Google's live popularity tracker, which shows how busy restaurants, museums and other places are compared to usual levels based on Google Maps...