WORLD OIL | The spread of Covid-19 caused widespread disruption to financial and commodity markets during the first half of 2020. Extended government-sponsored lockdowns resulted in economic hardship and a dramatic decline in demand for jet fuel, gasoline and diesel. When the virus-induced disruption was at its peak in March/April, demand for gasoline fell 45%, with only partial recovery in May/June. Jet fuel also took a major hit, with commercial flights down 80% in April, compared to January levels. The combination of oversupply and loss of demand led to a rapid and intense bust scenario, which was one of the most detrimental in the industry’s history.
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