Private jet charters trend up 50% year-over-year, 4% over 2019

By Doug Gollan, May 20, 2021

The U.S. private jet charter market is hot, with almost 50% more sectors so far this year than last, and 4% more flights than in the same period of 2019, according to WingX.

Richard Koe of WingX says, “We are now getting to the point where traffic levels in 2021 need to be interpreted versus 2019, gauging return to normality rather than rebound from locked-down 2020. The evidence so far suggests that charter demand in domestic markets, especially the U.S., may exceed pre-pandemic levels this year. Fractional operators are also starting to do better than ever before in the US.”

Light jet flights are up 20% over 2019. Even ultra-long-haul private jets are flying more charters than in 2019, up by 8%. Charter flights connecting the U.S. with Mexico, the Bahamas and Turks & Caicos are up15% year-to-date. However, Antigua and Barbados fared even better with a 77% increase.

Charter flights between the U.S. and Canada Canada is the outlier, with this year’s charter connections still 59% down on last year, over 70% below comparable 2019.

Overall, private aviation flying in the U.S. is up 37%, according to WingX.

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