At the time, the impact of 9/11 and the Icelandic ash cloud on global travel was considered “unprecedented.”
The first saw a ban on all civil air traffic from entering U.S. air space for three days. The second resulted in 95,000 flights being cancelled over five days. But that was BC (before COVID-19).
Now we know what real economic damage looks like for travel, everything else pales in comparison.
COVID-19 has ripped through the travel industry like a tsunami, grounding airlines, emptying hotels, halting rail and putting a stop to almost all business and leisure travel for several months.