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Pictures: Airports turn to aircraft boneyards as Covid-19 crisis deepens

Montreal, Canada - Airlines around the world grounded most of the planes in their fleets due to the Covid-19 pandemic. World major airports look now like huge aircraft graveyards comparable to Victorville in California, United States.

Airlines have been begging for financial support from governments around the world. Rich countries such as the U.S., U.K., Germany, and Australia are working on bailout packages to save their country's airline industry.

Commercial aviation is a big global ecosystem, including aircraft manufacturers, airline operators, airports and MRO services. Boeing asks at least USD50 billion from the U.S. government for itself and its suppliers.

United Airlines warns of massive layoffs without government support. British airline operators urge the U.K. government for immediate action. The Australian government has announced a package of AUD$715 million to support Australian Airlines. The situation is not better in Europe. The debts of European airlines are around 500 billion, and they won't be paid back. Ryanair is refusing to pay its outstanding obligations.

The risk is now a total meltdown. Passenger planes are on the ground. Without airplanes, most airports are simply graveyards like today.

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