Airlines have grounded more than 16,000 planes — here's a look at what it takes to park them
May 01, 2020 at 11:01 AM EDT
The coronavirus has devastated the airline industry. U.S. air travel has dropped 95% compared to last year and the number of flights scheduled globally is down by 63%. According to Cirium, more than 16,000 of the world's commercial aircraft are grounded. These planes can't just sit idle, they need routine maintenance and a place to be stored. And when you suddenly have thousands of planes with nowhere to go it becomes a logistical nightmare.