Aviation under COVID-19 Pandemic: Status Quo and How to Proceed Further?

31 Pages Posted: 12 Feb 2022

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Xiaoqian Sun

Beihang University (BUAA) - School of Electronic and Information Engineering

Sebastian Wandelt

Beijing Key Laboratory for Network-based Cooperative ATM

Anming Zhang

University of British Columbia (UBC) - Sauder School of Business

Date Written: February 10, 2022

Abstract

The COVID-19 pandemic can be considered an unparalleled disruption to the aviation industry in the last century. Starting with an at-that-time inconceivable reduction in the number of flights from March 2020 to May 2020, the aviation industry has been trying to navigate through and out of the crisis. This process is accompanied with a significant number of scientific studies, reporting on the direct and indirect impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on aviation and vice versa. This paper reviews the impact in context of the recent literature. We have collected more than 100 well-published papers on the subject in the year 2021 and categorized them into a framework of eight categories, built around: airlines, airports, passengers, workforce, markets, contagion, sustainability, and economics. We highlight the essence of findings in the literature and derive a set of future research directions and policy considerations which we deem important on the way towards pandemic-resilient aviation.

Keywords: COVID-19, pandemics, air transportation, literature review

Suggested Citation

Sun, Xiaoqian and Wandelt, Sebastian and Zhang, Anming, Aviation under COVID-19 Pandemic: Status Quo and How to Proceed Further? (February 10, 2022). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4031476 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.4031476

Xiaoqian Sun

Beihang University (BUAA) - School of Electronic and Information Engineering ( email )

Beijing
China

Sebastian Wandelt (Contact Author)

Beijing Key Laboratory for Network-based Cooperative ATM ( email )

Beijing
China

Anming Zhang

University of British Columbia (UBC) - Sauder School of Business ( email )

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Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z2
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