Whoa! This Is the Insane Number of Flyers in the Air at a Given Moment

Whoa! This Is the Insane Number of Flyers in the Air at a Given Moment

Let this staggering figure sink in.

By Alesandra Dubin

If you've ever felt alone in the world, here's a good reason to book your next flight somewhere (anywhere): When you're flying at any single moment in time, you're in the airborne company of a pretty staggering number of people around the globe.

According to data from FlightAware cited in Travel + Leisure, covering the period of approximately this past year, there are an average of 9,728 planes in the sky at a given moment. All together, those planes carry an average of — wait for it — a whopping 1,270,406 people.

Of course, that's not the same number you can expect to see on every day of the year: The lightest day for air traffic, according to the data, was on the first day of the new year. On January 1, 2017, there were just 3,354 planes in the sky at the day's peak.

Likewise, the heaviest air traffic day was August 5, 2016, when a staggering 12,856 planes carrying 1,590,929 all soared at the same time.

It hardly seems like a coincidence that August 5 is the most expensive day to travel of the month in this coming summer, thanks to high demand.

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