|26 March, 2020

European flights down 60% this week - aviation data firm OAG

Middle East flights are down 45%

AirBaltic Bombardier Q400 NextGen plane takes off before all international flights will be cancelled on Monday midnight, March 16, as a preventive measure against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Riga, Latvia March 16, 2020.

AirBaltic Bombardier Q400 NextGen plane takes off before all international flights will be cancelled on Monday midnight, March 16, as a preventive measure against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Riga, Latvia March 16, 2020.

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DUBAI - Flights in Europe are down 60% this week, equal to 92,000 fewer services, compared with the same week last year, aviation data firm OAG said on Thursday.

Middle East flights are down 45% and there are 30% fewer services in the Asia Pacific region, according to an OAG presentation.

The global coronavirus outbreak has shattered demand for air travel, forcing several major airlines to ground their fleets.

(Reporting by Alexander Cornwell; Editing by Alison Williams) ((Alexander.Cornwell@thomsonreuters.com;))

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