COVID-19 Weekly Recap: Mar 19-26

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A weekly recap of facts, stats, official statements and key resources on COVID-19

This article is intended to provide travel professionals and business leaders with an objective perspective on the evolving situation through facts, statistics, official statements and key resources from international regulatory bodies and government ministries. The outbreak is moving quickly, and some of the articles may fall rapidly out of date. We will provide updates on a weekly basis as the outbreak evolves. 

Cirium: Tracking the in-storage fleet in a time of uncertainty March 25, 2020

The rate of contraction of the global in-service passenger jet fleet continues to accelerate unabated as nearly 300 more Airbus narrowbodies were withdrawn from active duty while roughly 100 Boeing twin-aisles have been parked up, together with approximately 60 more A330s, A340s, A350s and A380s. 

STR: France’s daily hotel occupancy plummets to as low as 3.3% March 24, 2020

Daily occupancy in France was as high as 65.3% on 26 February. However, the downward movement began March 1, and absolute occupancy fell 97.2% year over year to 1.8% on 17 March amid the closure of the European Union borders to most non-EU citizens.

IATA: Coronavirus: Third Impact Assessment March 24, 2020

According to the International Air Transport Association, the aviation markets of Australia, China, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand and Vietnam are the most affected while the worldwide loss in 2020 could be up to $113bn.  

WEF: What countries are doing to slow the coronavirus outbreakUpdated March 24, 2020

The UK is in lockdown. The Tokyo Olympics are postponed for a year. The World Economic Forum has gathered here what the countries are doing to cope with the spread of Covid-19. 

ADARA: COVID-19 Resource Center finds upward trends from travel to China March 23, 2020 

ADARA has found promising signs for a rebound in travel to China as unique searchers for flight to China were up 29% for the week of March 8th compared to the week of March 1st while booking number is also increasing, at a slower pace. 

Statista: Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Italy – Statistics & Facts March 24, 2020 

Italy’s entertainment industry has dropped roughly 23 million euros compared to the figures registered in the same period of the previous year, while its tourism industry is estimated to lose 4 billion euro had the lockdown ended in April, or 7.7 billions had it ended in June. 

ForwardsKey: EU Travel Restrictions: 48,200 flights and 10.2M seats in jeopardy March 19, 2020

More than 48,200 flights and 10.2 million seats are in jeopardy due to the decision of EU member states to adopt EU guidelines on the closure of EU borders for 30 days. 

Sojern: Insights on COVID-19’s impact on travel

Flight searches to East and Southeast Asian countries had been deeply impacted by late January. Western Europe followed the same trend, taking a dip after the outbreak in Italy. Domestic and inbound  travel to the United States and has shown the most stability so far. With access to real-time traveler audiences and unmatched visibility into global travel demand, Sojern has observed travel intent varying by region, lead time increasing in North America and Asia, and US domestic patterns are shifting. 

Mabian: Covid-19 Crisis: Spain’s tourism sector shows signs of downturn in the short term

Mabrian Technologies has studied the impact of Covid-19 on Spain as a destination with regards to its four main European markets: United Kingdom, Germany, France and Italy. The study measures the impact from different perspectives, both from tourists and potential tourists’ behaviour as well as with transactional data from the tourism sector

OAG: Tracker of the airline schedule changes and its impact 

As of March 23, the number of scheduled flights globally is now down by 29% compared to the same week last year, while the US market has been slower to reduce flying and scheduled flights for the week are 5% below a year ago, compared to other major markets. 

IATA: List of Travel Restrictions – Updated Daily

Restrictions are becoming more widespread, and major airports are putting preventive measures in place. A document featured on the International Air Transport Association (IATA) website, lists countries where restrictions are in place.

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