Implications of COVID-19 on flight arrivals in Berlin

Research aims/Analysis:

  • Investigation of pandemic-related changes in Berlin flight arrivals
  • Examining flight arrivals in the context of infections and the stringency index.

Time reference:

  • 01/2019 – 08/2021


  • Quantitative analysis of the "OpenSky Covid Dataset", RKI infection data and the Oxford Stringency Index.

Key results:

  • Arrivals to Berlin Arrivals collapse massively with start of pandemic and first lockdown
  • Over the course of 2020, there was a slight stabilization of flight volumes
  • With infections on the rise and the second lockdown in winter 2022/23, air traffic plummeted again


flight_infections_X8BoMAh.width-1200 This figure shows the absolute amount of flight arrivals at Berlin airports between January 2020 and October 2022.

Datasets used for this analysis:

GPS mobility data (Berlin)

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Robert Koch-Institut (RKI) COVID-19 Dashboard

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Oxford Stringency Index

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OpenSky COVID-19 Dataset

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