Coronavirus: Top 5 images of deserted airports, taken by UAE satellite from space

Dubai International Airport, UAE taken by KhalifaSat. (Supplied/MBRSC)

Airports sit dormant while countries across the world close their borders and halt travel to combat the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

The UAE’s KhalifaSat, launched in 2018, took pictures of the world’s biggest airports over the last couple months, highlighting how quiet normally bustling terminals have become. Other recent satellite photography has also highlighted the effect that coronavirus lockdowns are having on pollution, with levels of deadly pollutants decreasing dramatically across the world.

“We understand that we are passing through an unprecedented period due to the current pandemic, which has had an impact on climate emissions and pollution. We believe that data procured from KhalifaSat can be further used to explore the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on Earth.” said Ammar AlMuhairi, Manager of the Image Processing Section, at Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) in the UAE.

Here are 5 photos of the world’s biggest airports deserted due to the coronavirus lockdown:

Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport, France taken by KhalifaSat. (Supplied/MBRSC)

Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport, France taken by KhalifaSat. (Supplied/MBRSC)

Dubai International Airport, UAE taken by KhalifaSat. (Supplied/MBRSC)

Dubai International Airport, UAE taken by KhalifaSat. (Supplied/MBRSC)

Shanghai Pudong International Airport, China taken by KhalifaSat. (Supplied/MBRSC)

Shanghai Pudong International Airport, China taken by KhalifaSat. (Supplied/MBRSC)

Los Angeles International Airport, USA taken by KhalifaSat. (Supplied/MBRSC)

Los Angeles International Airport, USA taken by KhalifaSat. (Supplied/MBRSC)

Beijing International Airport, China taken by KhalifaSat. (Supplied/MBRSC)

Beijing International Airport, China taken by KhalifaSat. (Supplied/MBRSC)

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