Air travel in and around the United States has come to a screeching halt amid the coronavirus pandemic, dropping 95 percent since April 2019.
The first cases of the coronavirus were confirmed in China in December, a decision that motivated President Trump to ban international flights from the country.
While the decision helped slow the spread of the coronavirus to the U.S., its effects were soon felt in every state across the country—including crippling effects on businesses and air travel.
“On April 2, 2019, there were over 2.4 million such visits, but on the same day this year, the number had fallen to just 124,021,” the Washington Examiner reports.
From the report:
In addition to President Trump’s decision to bar travel from Europe and China, social distancing guidance has forced businesses, families, and individuals to cancel travel plans and led to a severe downturn in economic activity.
The airlines have also dramatically reduced service in response to the lower demand, as the crisis has been much worse than the aftermath of the Sept. 11 attacks. After Sept. 11, 2001, there was a brief grounding of airlines, followed by a reopening with stepped-up security.
— Philip Klein (@philipaklein) April 3, 2020
The massive drop in domestic air travel comes as the coronavirus has weakened the U.S. economy. Social distancing guidelines from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are keeping people home and thousands of businesses have been forced to close their doors. This decision has left millions of Americans unemployed.
On Friday, the U.S. Labor Department announced the 113-month streak of job growth was snapped when March saw a drop of 701,000 jobs.
— Reuters (@Reuters) April 3, 2020