July 24th was one of the busiest recorded days in aviation history.
More than 225,000 flights took to the skies on Wednesday, July 24, more than ever recorded before.
Flightradar24, a real-time air-traffic-tracking service, tweeted that this was the first time since it began monitoring flights that it had tracked that many aircraft.
The figure represents virtually every trackable aircraft in the world that flew on Wednesday between midnight and 11:59 p.m. UTC, according to Ian Petchenik, who manages media and community relations for the company. That includes everything from cargo planes and commercial passenger flights to helicopters, private jets, gliders, sight-seeing flights, and personal aircraft.
It’s likely that the record will be broken at least a few more times this year, Petchenik said, maybe even this week. Late July and early August are typically the busiest periods for air traffic. The 225,000 figure didn’t indicate everything, like the number of passengers or amount of freight moved and the total distance flown.