The widespread coronavirus epidemic has already destroyed the aviation industry worldwide which forced almost all the fleets of airlines across the globe to be grounded amid the air travel restrictions imposed by their respective governments. Apart from this problem, the airline companies are currently facing an unprecedented issue regarding the limited parking space available on airports to station their numerous fleets.
The challenge of shrinking airplane parking is likely to escalate in the coming weeks since some of the flights including Australia’s Qantas Airways Ltd. (Qantas Airways) are still in operation and considered to stop their carriers soon.
Crisis of Parking Space at Airports
Sources reported that taxiways, maintenance hangars, and even runways at major airports of different countries have been storage for grounded fleets since the parking space in the airports are shrinking due to the increase in the number of grounded airplane carriers.
The global aviation network system, which normally has provided as many as 20,000 planes swirling around the planet, is facing nightmares due to limited parking space for these numbers. A source from CNN reported, parking to some of the airports especially the major European hubs could be costly, with an hourly charge for parking reached $285 an hour.
According to a travel analytical industry, Cirium data, the number of airplanes that stationed in many airports were beyond the normal capacity and the problems are expected to increase in the coming weeks since some of these carriers including Australia’s Qantas Airways Ltd (Qantas Airways) and Singapore Airlines Ltd. (Singapore Airlines) have been partially operating.
As sources reported, the impact of the virus outbreak had affected the global aviation industry. In Germany, the northwest airports including its runways have been converted to parking including the Swiss-based airline, Lufthansa has rented parking areas at a military airport close to Zurich.
According to data from flight-tracking website FlightRadar24, “similar crowds of planes are parked at other major airports, including Hong Kong, Seoul, Berlin, and Vienna as well as traditional desert parking lots in Victorville, California, and Marana, Arizona.”
The chief executive of Avalon Airport, Justin Giddings explained that even some smaller airports have been converted their campus into parking lots and the Avalon Airport west of Melbourne is expected to station 50 planes from Qantas and its low-cost offshoot, Jetstar. Giddings told Reuters of the groundings, which have led Qantas to put 20,000 staff members on leave, “It is sad for everyone, the whole industry.”
A source reported that Qantas is planning to send 30 engineers to Avalon to help in maintaining the carriers so that they may be ready to re-enter service as soon as the demand returns. The source added, Qantas is also planning to park about 100 other aircraft at major airports around Australia and its five aging 747s at a desert storage facility in Alice Springs.
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