Oh my. People are still in so much denial about how serious this situation is. There are NO decisions that can be relied upon as still valid in the post-Covid era. it will be back to Square One, and I'm certain that Project Sunrise will be very many squares down the track.
Is the situation more difficult than in 2001 WTC attack, 2002 bombings (including Bali bombing) and 2003 SARS?
This crisis started only in January and most probably will get much better in July 2020 when most people will have been in contact with the virus and many would have recovered and when the daily deaths will have gone beyond the peak.
I’m guessing you might not be old enough to remember those years personally. That’s ok, everyone’s memory has to start somewhere - for example I struggle to remember more than snippets of the decade I was born. Anyway, do go and have a bit more of a read about the 2001-2003 time period. As someone who remembers it somewhat vividly I can share that this situation is definitely more difficult.
September 11 definitely caused an upheaval at the time - North American airspace was shut for 3 days, and airlines took quite a financial hit from a combination of that, a sense of uncertainty, and an economic downturn. I don’t recall any of the major airlines in North America grounding upwards of 50% of their fleet or cutting international flying back almost entirely.
The impact of the Bali bombing was fairly minimal in the scheme of things - Indonesian carriers continued operating, as did Australian ones. Tourism to Bali took a hit especially, and in Australia with it coming so soon after September 11 2001 it definitely caused a bit of unease in the community, but the more significant event on the aviation landscape then was still the ongoing changes as a result of the collapse of Ansett in 2001 (something which while hastened by September 11 had really been an inevitability for a number of years).
SARS is probably the best shot at finding an equivalent, but it was very regional - Hong Kong and China were the hardest hit, and while I don’t remember the aviation impact in China, in Hong Kong Cathay Pacific cut capacity by about 40% for a two-month period at the peak. It is also worth noting that the over the course of the SARS outbreak there were 8096 cases and 774 deaths (source: https://www.who.int/csr/sars/country/ta ... _04_21/en/
) while in contrast the current COVID-19 outbreak has seen 372,757 cases (39,827 of which were new in the 24 hours up to 10:00 CET 24 March 2020) and 16,231 deaths (1722 of which were new in the 24 hours up to 10:00 CET 24 March 2020) (source: https://www.who.int/docs/default-source ... 703b2c40_2
In summary, what we are seeing now is very much different to 2001, 2002, and 2003, and indeed to anything we have seen at least since 1945, if not earlier.