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Planes carrying delegates attending the 2016 World Economic Forum in Davos, arrive at an airport in Zurich. Photo: Marina Lystseva/TASS/Getty Images

Many of the world's billionaires will be at the World Economic Forum in Davos, which kicks off Tuesday, and private jet provider Air Charter Service predicts there will be close to 1,500 private jet flights over the week.

By the numbers: That's a 50% increase from the service's 2018 prediction of 1,000 private jet flights. The website noted it ended up totaling more than 1,300 aircraft movements, an 11% increase from 2017 and the highest number on record.

  • Air Charter Service's website also points out: "According to WingX figures the average number of aircraft movements — arrivals and departures ... for the week of the forum ... rises to an average of 218 — an increase of 335%, with the two busiest days ... seeing 251 and 301 movements, respectively."
  • "Top countries involved in terms of arrivals in and departures out of the airports were Germany, France and the U.K. The U.S. came in fourth with 41 arrivals and 51 departures."

Yes, but: The estimates do not include helicopter trips.

Go deeper: 2 stark stats as the global elite descend on Davos

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Trump gives farewell address: "We did what we came here to do"

Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images

President Trump will give a farewell video address on Tuesday, saying that his administration "did what we came here to do – and so much more."

Why it matters: Via Axios' Alayna Treene, the address is very different from the Trump we've seen in his final weeks as president — one who has been refusing to accept his loss, who peddled conspiracy theories that fueled the attack on the Capitol, and who is boycotting his successor's inauguration. 

Dave Lawler, author of World
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Europeans have high hopes for Joe Biden

Data: Pew Research Center; Chart: Andrew Witherspoon/Axios

Joe Biden's inauguration will be greeted with enthusiasm in Europe, with three new polls making clear that most Europeans can't wait to bid Donald Trump adieu.

The big picture: Europeans generally expect brighter days ahead under Biden, according to the polls, but his election has not fully assuaged doubts about U.S. democracy and global leadership.

41 mins ago - Health

U.S. surpasses 400,000 coronavirus deaths on Trump's final full day in office

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Data: CSSE Johns Hopkins University; Chart: Andrew Witherspoon/Axios

Over 400,000 people have died from the coronavirus in the U.S. as of Tuesday, per Johns Hopkins data.

Why it matters: It only took a little over a month for the U.S. to reach this mass casualty after 300,000 COVID deaths were reported last month. That's over 100,000 fatalities in 36 days.