The spread of the Corona virus outbreak to international borders caused a significant drop in travel demand. YouTubers , who frequently use air travel to grow their channels and earn income, were also affected by this situation. Since the virus began affecting global travel in late February and early March, monitoring for many of these channels has decreased. An editor from has interviewed some Youtubers to assess the situation.
“The downward trend in the chart has continued since then, with Italy falling on its borders,” said Paul Lucas, who directed the situation. said. Lucas’s channel, which has 186,000 subscribers, is the main source of income for him, and the month of March had a similar decline in the percentage of revenue as well as in viewing.
Jeb Brooks, founder of the group with a subscriber base of 148,000, said, “Fewer people watch the videos we make. According to YouTube data, our channel normally receives more than 1 million views over a four-week period. This has dropped to 675,000 for the past four weeks. ”
In this uncertainty and desperation caused by the pandemic crisis, Youtubers have to be skeptical about the reservation of future flights. But they also find themselves in a vicious circle while they need to produce more content for the channels.
David Pauritsch, who manages the second largest airline-oriented YouTube channel with approximately 400,000 subscribers, said: “We canceled all our trips until April. We continue to evaluate the situation on whether our trips in May will be canceled or not. ” said.
Now YouTube creators are observing other channels and risking lag behind. Larger channels with accumulated videos seem to be trying to handle the situation for now. “We can continue to publish three new videos a week by at least the end of 2020,” Pauritsch said. said.
Many are concerned about their country’s borders being closed or travel plans being interrupted due to a travel ban if they choose to be quarantined or travel. Lucas says his real fear is not a virus, but a growing travel ban. Most Youtubers believe this is a temporary crisis and aviation will recover once the virus disappears.