The world’s airports are being converted into storage facilities for aircraft as airlines drastically reduce their operations.
Frankfurt Airport, Copenhagen’s Kastrup Airport, and Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, among others, have closed runways and taxiways to store excess aircraft from major airlines.
US airlines are also flying their aircraft across the continent for favorable storage conditions found in the southern region of the country.
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The impact of the coronavirus has seen thousands of planes restricted to terra firma for the time being and space is becoming limited. Some US airlines are sending their planes to temporary homes in the desert designed for long-term aircraft storage.
What once were major international transit hubs including Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport and Frankfurt Airport are now storage areas for the aircraft of their tenants as space is more useful as a parking lot than a runway
A stark reduction in the demand for travel combined with government travel bans have crippled the airline industry and forced their aircraft to sit idle on the ground instead of in the air where they belong. Some airlines are temporarily closing up shop entirely.
Aircraft still flying are largely going empty as travelers are canceling their bookings en masse for fear of contracting the virus or being stranded as more countries continue to close their borders and airlines unpredictably change their flying schedules.
Take a look at how the world’s airports have transformed into storage facilities.
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The world’s largest airline, American Airlines, is preparing for a scale back in flying for April by grounding its planes at airports across the country.
Tulsa International Airport in Oklahoma has been one of the recipients of American’s narrow-body aircraft such as the Boeing 737-800, as well as some wide-bodies including the Boeing 777-200.
American operates a maintenance facility in Tulsa, where runways and taxiways have been closed to house the overflowing grounded aircraft.
Robert Isom, president of American Airlines, wrote in a letter to employees on March 19 shared with Business Insider that over 55,000 flights will be cut in April as the airline reduces international flying by 75% and domestic by 30%.
Nearly 500 aircraft will be grounded, the letter also stated, an approximate 50% reduction as the airline has almost 1,000 aircraft in its stable.
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