Air travel isn't back to normal yet but that doesn't mean there aren't any planes cruising high above. When looking at live radars, there are far fewer flights in Canada than in the U.S. The difference is pretty shocking.

If you've ever been curious about how many planes are up in the sky at any given moment, you can actually check that out online.

Flightradar24 lets you see where planes are in real-time.

You can also click on each of the planes to see which carrier it belongs to, the flight number, where it took off from and where it will land.

When looking at North America, there's a really stark difference between the True North and its southerly neighbour.

The U.S. is covered with flights to the point where you sometimes can't tell what state the planes are flying over.

In Canada, you can make out most of them without having to zoom in.

At around 11:40 a.m. ET on July 30, there were just a couple hundred flights above Canadian skies.

Compare that to Canada, the U.S., parts of Mexico and the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, where there were around 1,500 flights alltogether.


Canada still has a global travel advisory in place because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

It warns against all non-essential travel outside of the country, as returning home may be difficult.

There are no plans to do further repatriation flights so you might have to stay abroad for longer than you planned if travel is heavily restricted again.

Canadian airlines like WestJet and Air Canada are taking to the skies as flights resume around the world.

However, operations aren't like they used to be, and many carriers have reduced schedules.

Temperature checks have come into effect at four major Canadian airports, and anyone with a fever won't be allowed to board.

Passengers with symptoms or who have been turned away from a flight in the last 14 days because of something COVID-19 related can also be denied entry.