The busiest states and dates for private jet travel

By Doug Gollan, August 31, 2018

Florida, California, and Texas take the top three slots when it comes to business aircraft departures, according to ARGUS


An analysis of 2018 first half private aviation travel trends includes a list of U.S. states by the number of flight departures. Coming in at the top with 150,838 flights was Florida, followed by California (150,838), Texas (138,713), New Jersey (51,432), and Georgia (50,324). The five states with the fewest private aviation users were Vermont (2,040), Rhode Island (2,567), Delaware (2,867), West Virginia (4,758) and Maine (4,847). 


In case you were wondering, New York saw 42,397 departures through June keeping in mind many from Manhattan use Teterboro Airport across the Hudson River in New Jersey as their airport of choice when flying by private jet.


States with at least 30,000 private flight departures during the first six months of 2018 included Arizona, Illinois, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Tennessee.


In terms of busiest days, February 16 saw 11,345 flights, ahead of May 24 with 11,024 departures, and February 15 with 10,954. Other peak days included April 26, March 22 and 29, April 26, May 3, 17 and 24, and June 28 and 29. Paid subscribers to Private Jet Card Comparisons can compare over 250 jet card programs by more than 65 variables, including peak days where reservation and cancellation lead times can be longer and there are often surcharges.

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