When you were a kid, you probably watched intently every time a plane flew overhead. As adults, we barely bat an eye when we see one pass because we see them fly so often. And that might lead you to wonder: Just how many flights are in the air as we speak (er, read)?
Depending on the time of day or time of year, there could be anywhere from 8,000 to 20,000 planes mid-flight at any given moment, according to Flightradar24, which keeps track of flights in real time. You’re most likely to find numbers on the high end of that range in the summer when it’s between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Western European Time because at that point, flights in North America (where it will be morning) and Europe (where it will be afternoon or early evening) will be active, the analysts say. Typically, the year’s busiest flight day is in July or August on a Thursday or Friday.
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