On March 23,media reported that the global aviation industry was hit hard by the outbreak, and flight cancellations became the norm, with about 40,000 flights cancelled worldwide on the 22nd and 23rd. On March 22nd alone, 20,914 flights were cancelled worldwide, the report said. According to flight information tracking website FlightStats, as of 18:00 on March 23, 1,165 flights had been cancelled and 1,163 delayed.
Of these, 8,137 were cancelled in the United States, 4,859 in Europe and 3,610 in Asia.
Allianz Airlines will suspend all passenger services for two weeks from March 25, 2020, according to a march 23 statement. At the same time, the base salary of most Emirates Group employees has been temporarily reduced by three months, from 25 to 50 per cent.
The United States has cancelled more than 7,000 flights for two days, although Chad Wolf, the new acting secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, said the U.S. has no plans to ban domestic travel.
United Airlines Holdings Inc. said Tuesday it will cut international flights by 95 percent in April. About 750,000 U.S. jobs depend on the aviation industry. About 2,400 airport franchise workers and nearly 300 catering workers are currently forced to take time off, according to the UniteHere union.