As we wake up to a new year, I bring you an interesting video I came across on YouTube, which shows the global air traffic over 24 hours. But speeded up to complete in one minute.
Air traffic follows the sun, at its peak during daylight, just like most human activity does.
In the initial stages of the video as it is day time in Asia and evening approaches in the Americas, there is massive activity in the USA, and hordes of flights being launched towards Europe over the Atlantic.
At the same time as morning approaches Europe, the flights start descending on to Europe from both east and west, which then return back mid-day in Europe.
There are interesting patterns along the South East Asia to North East Asia routes, and also South America to the Iberian peninsula.
But the flights to, from, and within the United States, whether trans-Atlantic or trans-Pacific is simply staggering.
I also invite your attention to the number of flights over India at night.