California, Texas and Florida had the most private jet departures in 2018

While 2018 business aircraft flight activity increased just 0.9% after 4.8% and 8.1% growth in 2017 and 2016, New Mexico recorded the largest year over year growth, up 16.4%. New Hampshire, one of 21 states to report a year over year decline, posted the largest yearly decline, down 4.3%, according to ARGUS TRAQPak. California was the state with the most departures while Vermont had the least.

California had 280,850 business aviation departures in 2018

Of the over three million business aviation flights in 2018 California had the most departures with 280,850. Texas followed with 278,890 departures, Florida (267,731), New Jersey (104,464), Georgia (96,339), New York (92,427), Colorado (91,714), Illinois) 80,297), North Carolina (79,825) and Ohio (71,069) to round out the 10 states with the most private jet activity.

Vermont had the fewest business aviation departures in 2018

Vermont had the fewest private aviation departures 4,550 followed by Rhode Island (5,927 departures), Delaware (5,936), West Virginia (10,375) and New Hampshire (11,670). Of the non-contiguous states, Alaska ranked 31st while Hawaii finished 45th.  Seven of the eight states with the least private flights were in the Northeast and Eastern regions

2018 Business Aviation Flights By State

StateFlights
California280,850
Texas278,890
Florida267,731
New Jersey104,464
Georgia96,339
New York92,427
Colorado91,714
Illinois80,297
North Carolina79,825
Ohio71,069
Tennessee67,142
Pennsylvania62,309
Arizona61,858
Michigan59,897
Massachusetts58,530
Missouri51,751
Nevada49,921
South Carolina48,075
Minnesota45,574
Indiana44,226
Wisconsin44,148
Alabama43,086
Virginia42,264
Washington41,602
Louisiana41,049
Kansas39,641
Arkansas34,954
Oklahoma33,491
Oregon31,791
Maryland30,997
Alaska29,612
Nebraska27,403
Kentucky26,639
New Mexico26,482
Montana26,360
South Dakota25,896
Iowa25,751
Utah25,255
Mississippi24,454
Idaho23,922
Wyoming21,540
North Dakota16,897
Connecticut16,466
Maine13,361
Hawaii13,295
New Hampshire11,670
West Virginia10,375
Delaware5,936
Rhode Island5,927
Vermont4,550

Southern states had the most private jet flight in 2018

Regionally, the Southern area had the most departures (694,339) followed by the Western Pacific (405,294), Great Lakes (388,003), Southwest (373,817), Eastern (368,828), Northwest (291,796), Central (144,547) and Northeast (110,504).

2018 Business Aviation Flights By Region

StateFlights
Southern694,339
Western Pacific405,294
Great Lakes388,003
Southwest373,817
Eastern368,828
Northwest291,796
Central144,547
Northeast110,504

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About the Author Doug Gollan

I am Founder and Editor of Private Jet Card Comparisons, the only independent buyer's guide to jet card membership programs, and DG Amazing Experiences, a weekly luxury travel e-newsletter for private jet owners. I am also a contributor to Forbes.com