Aspen, Vail biggest private jet gainers in August

By Doug Gollan, August 14, 2020

10 of the 15 busiest private aviation airports saw declines during the first 10 days of the month with New York and Seattle airports seeing the steepest drops

Of the busiest airports in the U.S. for private jet departures, three Colorado airports rank in the top 10 for the first 10 days of August, according to data from WingX.

Centennial Airport in Denver saw 994 takeoffs, a gain of 7% compared to 2019. Dallas Love Field had the most private jet departures in the country, an 11.9% jump over last year.

However, only five of the 15 busiest private aviation airports have in the black so far this month.

Busiest U.S. Private Jet Airports

Source: WingX

Aspen-Pitkin Sardy Field, 7th busiest with 807 flights, saw departures jump by 25.9%. Eagle County Airport, ranked 14th with 541 flights, posted a 24.7% gain.

The only other gainer was Salt Lake City International Airport with a 13% increase in departures.

The biggest losers were airports serving New York and Seattle.

Teterboro, which prior to the COVID-19 pandemic was the busiest airport for private jets, dropped to 4th in August. Flights were down 57.4% decline. Westchester Country Airport was in the 5th slot despite a 34.3% drop.

Seattle’s Boeing Field saw 537 private jet departures, marking a 41.1% decline.

Van Nuys Airport in Los Angeles held the third spot with 909 departures this month. That’s 2.9% below year-over-year totals.

Other high volume airports also saw declines in departures.

Nantucket Memorial was 6th place despite a 19.5% drop in flights. Eighth place John Wayne-Orange County Airport registered a 9.3% drop. Ninth slot Las Vegas McCarran flights fell 27.2%. Washington-Dulles (ranked 11th in August) saw flights fall 19.8%, and 12th ranked Atlanta DeKalb Peachtree saw flights fall 17.3%

Texas highlighted the uneven private jet rebound. While Dallas Love Field enjoyed an 11.9% increase, Hobby Airport in Houston, ranked 13th busiest, saw flights drop 29.4%

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