During the Corona virus outbreak, “ghost planes” flew across Europe and beyond, and a steady stream of passengers reported rows of vacant seats.

Across Europe and the United States, people have posted pictures of abandoned cabins, including those on British Airways, EasyJet and American Airlines, as demand for passengers continues to decline.

Although the official numbers won’t be released until April, the data suggest that the average passenger load factors may have dropped by up to 50 percent. This was before Italy was blocked nationwide and many flights to and from the country were canceled.

Virgin Atlantic admitted earlier this week to continue to operate empty flights to hold take-off and landing sites under EU Rule 80:20 or the “Use-it-or-lose-it” rule. This regulation requires an airline to operate or lose at least 80 percent of its assigned slots.

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