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Global Aviation Dashboard

Global Aviation Dashboard

The Global Aviation Dashboard - developed by a team in the World Bank's Markets, Competition, and Technology unit – visualizes aggregated data on commercial flight movements around the world. The dashboard is powered by a unique dataset that draws on information supplied by flightradar24ch-aviation, and various other sources. In addition to flight movements, the dashboard aggregates data on available seats (computed with information on the configuration of individual air​craft) and available seat kilometers (ASKs), which is the multiple of the length of the corresponding flights and the number of seats on the respective aircraft. 

Features of the database include: (i) an animated three-dimensional globe visualizing weekly flight movements between countries or airports around the world between January 1, 2020 and the current week; (ii) a 'timeline' tool that charts the levels and composition of and changes in flight volume, seat volume, and ASKs along domestic, intra-regional, and/or inter-regional routes for different airports, countries, regions; (iii) a 'maps' tool that produces two-dimensional maps of weekly or daily passenger and/or cargo flight movements along domestic, intra-regional, and/or inter-regional routes between different countries or airports or by different airlines; (iii) a 'ranking' tool that charts changes in the relative volume, week-on-week change, and year-on-year change in flights, seats, and ASKs hosted by different countries, airports, and airlines; and (iv) a 'table' tool that compiles statistics on changes in flights, seats, and ASKs for each week or month from the beginning of the year until now.

The COVID-19 pandemic caused a steep drop in commercial flight volume across all regions. While the more developed regions of North America (N.Am.), East Asia and the Pacific (EAP), and Europe and Central Asia (ECA) experienced the largest numerical decline in the number of flights, Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) experienced the most severe proportional decline. Since April 2020, flight volume has gradually recovered in all regions. Flight volume in SSA and Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) has now reached parity with 2019 levels. In contrast, flight volumes in EAP are 70 percent below 2019 levels. ​

The above graphs depict those countries and territories that have experienced the greatest changes in seating capacity over the past seven days, expressed as a week-on-week change.​ The graphs depict corresponding changes in ASKs and flight volume for the respective countries.

Global Aviation Dashboard team: Andrew Beath; Pedro Henrique Castro SoaresJan Orlowski; and Dieter Wang.