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Aerial photo of the month: Air traffic almost at a standstill in the face of the corona pandemic

The outworking of the corona virus has brought many new challenges to the business and service sector. The tourism sector has been severely affected and has shrunk markedly. Air passenger services have been severely disrupted due to both shrinking demand and travel restrictions imposed by governmental authorities.

Hamburg Airport am 18.04.2020
Hamburg Airport 18.04.2020

In April and May of 2020 worldwide air passenger traffic almost came to a complete halt; according to the German Aviation Association only two per cent of passengers came through German airports by comparison with the same two months in 2019. Airlines lost up to 95% of their normal revenue. The German Aviation Association calculates that air traffic volume will resume gradually and will not reach the volumes of 2019 until 2024. 

After a short phase of increasing passenger volumes in the summer of 2020 the air traffic sector was forced into a further lockdown due to imposition of renewed and extended travel and quarantine restrictions.

The German Federal Statistics Office states that there were 74.5% fewer passengers in 2020 in comparison to 2019. In the second quarter of 2020 as a result of the first lockdown the volume of air passengers shrank by 97 per cent.

The consequences are empty car parking facilities, and rows of parked aircraft, as can be seen in the photo of Hamburg Airport which was taken by our well-experienced flight crew.

Hansa Luftbild as an aerial photo company are at an advantage in respect of the pandemic measures as we are free to fly almost anywhere in Germany and Europe, without restriction. 

Brocken at approximately 10 a.m. on 11.04.2020

Many other tourist destinations have also been less frequented in Germany over the last year. How often can one see the Brocken, the highest mountain in northern Germany, without tourists?

We in Hansa Luftbild are looking forward to the first of the spring sun - then we will be in the air, once again, for your projects.

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