With a huge drop in demand for travel, airlines have had to find efficient ways to park their grounded aircraft. Here are a few pictures and videos from Australia and around the world to help you put it into perspective.


Brisbane Airport is hosting a large number of grounded Virgin Australia planes.

Qantas and Jetstar have parked a large number of their aircraft at Melbourne’s Avalon Airport.


Bournemouth Airport, a two-hour drive southwest of London, is temporarily home to a huge number of British Airways planes.

British Airways parked planes

Here is what Lufthansa planes look like in Frankfurt:

Lufthansa parked planes

with its sister airline SWISS cramming in their planes at their main hub in Zürich.

SWISS parked planes
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With Cathay Pacific and its subsidiary Cathay Dragon having taken a double hit from political unrest last year and the COVID-19 outbreak this year, most of their aircraft are parked at Hong Kong International Airport.

Tokyo’s usually-busy Haneda Airport is home to parked Japan Airlines and ANA planes.

United States

Velocity partner Delta is serving just one city in Europe (Amsterdam) and two in Asia (Tokyo and Seoul) right now, meaning a lot of its planes are not being used.

Delta parked planes

This screenshot of the airspace around New York, the current epicentre of COVID-19 cases in the US, was taken at 11am on what would usually be a busy Monday morning. It shows airlines parking their planes primarily at Newark (in New Jersey) and JFK (to the east of Manhattan).

New York radar map

Summing up

Travel and aviation will eventually rebound from this crisis. However, it looks like some airlines are saving cash by parking their planes for the time being.

Having said that, not all is lost—Emirates and Etihad have this week restarted (limited) flights after a two-week suspension.

Supplementary images courtesy respective airlines.

In pictures: grounded planes around the world was last modified: August 25th, 2023 by Matt Moffitt