Labor Day private jet flights down 16%

By Doug Gollan, September 10, 2020

Dallas, Los Angeles, New York, and Denver had the busiest airports for private jets

Teterboro, Las Vegas, and Palm Beach had the biggest drops among the 15 busiest airports

Data from WingX shows Labor Day weekend flights for 2020 were 16.1% below 2019 levels. It was a slight uptick from August but below the 4th of July holiday. During the extended Independence Day weekend, private jet flights were up 5% on a year-over-year basis.

Comparing Sept. 4-7 in 2020 versus Aug. 30-Sept. 2, flights fell from 30,361 to 25,483.

Saturday was the worst day comparing 2020 to 2019 with U.S. departures on both private jets and turboprops by 25.9%. Flights on Monday were down only 11.9%.

Of the top 20 airport pairs, 13 saw decreases with flights from Nantucket to Teterboro down 50%. Flights in the opposite direction were off 46%. Also, hard-hit was Burbank to Las Vegas, down 50% with the return down 39%.

Flights from Orange County, California to Scottsdale were up 466%. Dallas to Vail departures jumped 89% while Aspen to Van Nuys was up 55%.

Over the weekend, Dallas was the busiest airport with 382 departures, up 23%. Van Nuys, with 371 departures, saw a 4% gain. Teterboro was the third busiest airport, however departures plummeted from 683 to 354, a 48% drop.

Labor Day Weekend – Busiest Private Jet Airports – 2019 vs. 2020

Airport2019 2020% Change
Dallas Love Field310382+ 23%
Los Angeles – Van Nuys 357371+ 4%
New York – Teterboro (NJ)683354– 48%
Denver Centennial284337+ 19%
Nantucket397299– 25%
Westchester Co. – White Plains426293– 31%
Orange County – John Wayne275291+ 6%
Aspen274270– 2%
Atlanta – DeKalb Peachtree260268+3 %
Houston – Hobby259237– 9%
Las Vegas – McCarran382231– 40 %
Salt Lake City167206+ 23%
Miami – Opa Locka279205– 27%
Palm Beach316192– 39%
Washington D.C. – Dulles218 186– 15%
Source: WingX
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