Troubles in Aviation During the Coronavirus


(Photo: Bloomberg)

Grounded planes lined up on boneyard runway waiting out the coronavirus.

The Coronavirus was a tough time for pretty much everyone in the world, businesses disrupted, over half a million people getting infected, schools closing, the mask and vaccine saga, and many planes being grounded due to the virus. Let’s take a deep dive into the aviation world and find out how badly aviation was affected, and how it bounced back throughout the span of the coronavirus.

One of the main questions in the aviation world was how aviation prevailed despite the shortage of planes because of the coronavirus, which also resulted in the shortage of flights. I talked with a worker at LAX airport, and this is what he had to say.

Graph showing the amount of active pilots, and the pilot demand due to the shortage caused by the coronavirus. (Graph from Business Standard)

“The simple fact of product and demand helped keep planes in the air. People want to fly, and airlines give them that chance. Restrictions because of the coronavirus caused the big clog-up; limit the restrictions, no more clog-ups.” You may find it surprising that there weren’t many restrictions during flights and inside airports. A lot of airlines put their customers first and made sure to get the most passengers in the air as possible. But that became a much harder task to achieve when airport workers started to catch the coronavirus and were forced to quarantine.

So, with the big surge in the coronavirus, and the lack of workers, many planes were grounded, and this caused many cargo shipments to not get shipped out. Then money became an issue which led to workers having to be laid off. The lack of pilots rose to be a big problem in the aviation world, which caused even more planes to be grounded, But how well did airlines do to get planes in the air to get the big shortage? The worker at LAX said, “obviously keeping the aircraft in short term storage was a challenge, but with the right health restrictions applied to workers, and the changes that had to be enforced on the cargo side of things, once everything picked up, aviation was able to go back to normal operation.

Grounded planes parked in boneyard due to the coronavirus. (Photo: Ashley Nunes, Business Standard)

The huge shortage of planes and pilots in aviation because of the coronavirus struck the industry hard and was a problem for almost 3 years. But now that Covid is pretty much under control, things are looking bright for the aviation world!