Are the skies half-full or half-empty?
Thursday, May 21
The chart above shows the number of commercial flights on March 2, April 20, and May 20. In the April 20 trough, the number of flights was down 75% and the 7-day moving average down about the same at 73%. As of yesterday, there are two ways to look at the data:
The first is that the number of fights is still down 63%. That is the sky is half-empty view.
The second is that the number of flights is up almost 46% from the trough and that the 7-day moving average is moving in the right direction. This is the sky is half-full view.
When will things be back to "normal?" Who knows, but things are better than they were and not as good as I hope they'll be soon.
The above data is from flightradar24.com. If you have never looked at that site, it tracks air traffic through a network of individual devices which read the transponders of aircraft. I run a tracking site on a Raspberry Pi, just for fun, so I have access to the data.