Hawaii recorded the largest increase of any state – 96% more private jet flights during 2021 as number one market Florida grew by 47%, according to Argus TraqPak

U.S. states recorded gains of 21%-to-96% in private jet flights during 2021, according to Argus TraqPak, with the five busiest states each holding their top positions compared to 2020.

Hawaii saw the most significant increase – 96% – enough to move it from the 44th to 41st.

Delaware dropped to the 50th spot despite a 21% gain, the smallest increase.

Florida, Texas, California account for 47% of all departures

At the top of the rankings, Florida, Texas, and California accounted for nearly 47% of private aviation departures.

2021 Private Aviation Data and Statistics

2021’s 30 Biggest Charter/Fractional Private Jet Companies Ranked (Full Year) 
25 Largest Part 135 Private Jet Charter Companies for 2021 ranked
2021’s Biggest Part 91k Fractional Private Jet Operators ranked
25 Busiest U.S. Private Jet Airports in 2021
Charter/Fractional Private Jet Market Share 2007-to-2021

Florida held serve as the busiest state for private jets with a 47% gain. Its record 378,767 departures meant an average of 1,037 flights per day. The Sunshine State increased its share from 11.9% to 18.1% of U.S. activity.

Texas maintained its second spot on 41% growth while California remained third with a 38% increase.

2021 Business Aviation Flights By State (departures)

2021 Rank – State – 2020 Rank2021 2020% ChangeShare
1. Florida (1)     378,767257,62547%18.13%
2. Texas (2)     305,086216,32541%14.61%
3. California (3)     293,862212,26738%14.07%
4. Colorado (4)     118,48991,42530%5.67%
5. Georgia (5)     107,45776,62840%5.14%
6. New York (7)     100,11363,41558%4.79%
7. New Jersey (9)        93,26056,59065%4.47%
8. North Carolina (6)        90,80463,69943%4.35%
9. Arizona (8)        84,02462,59034%4.02%
10. Tennessee (12)        77,37550,07955%3.70%
11. Illinois (10)        77,30753,97443%3.70%
12. Ohio (11)        73,13250,93744%3.50%
13. Michigan (13)        61,52844,53238%2.95%
14. Pennsylvania (15)        61,39141,16849%2.94%
15. South Carolina (14)        60,53741,69745%2.90%
16. Massachusetts (16)        58,72138,81551%2.81%
17. Nevada (17)        56,36336,61054%2.70%
18. Missouri (18)        55,46933,93763%2.66%
19. Alabama (19)        46,04332,50542%2.20%
20. Indiana (22)        45,07830,61747%2.16%
21. Wisconsin (24)        44,51329,59250%2.13%
22. Minnesota (20)        43,17131,43937%2.07%
23. Virginia (23)        42,23730,60938%2.02%
24. Washington (25)        40,82329,39339%1.95%
25. Kansas (21)        40,69930,69433%1.95%
26. Utah (26)        39,94328,83539%1.91%
27. Louisiana (27)        38,05327,69037%1.82%
28. Arkansas (31)        36,48125,93541%1.75%
29. Oklahoma (32)        35,34824,68043%1.69%
30. New Mexico (28)        35,21027,47828%1.69%
31. Montana (29)        34,90526,98229%1.67%
32. Oregon (30)        32,93226,00227%1.58%
33. Alaska (33)        31,50824,67428%1.51%
34. Idaho (34)        31,19022,91836%1.49%
35. Nebraska (35)        30,77322,09039%1.47%
36. South Dakota (37)        27,17020,39233%1.30%
37. Maryland (42)        26,68715,72270%1.28%
38. Kentucky (39)        26,00417,53548%1.24%
39. Wyoming (36)        25,45320,83822%1.22%
40. Iowa (40)        24,76017,42442%1.19%
41. Hawaii (44)        24,58512,55796%1.18%
42. Mississippi (41)        23,97017,14540%1.15%
43. DC – IAD/DCA (38)        23,16219,04022%1.11%
44. North Dakota (43)        15,76112,65925%0.75%
45. Connecticut (45)        15,00011,30233%0.72%
46. Maine (46)        13,7989,09452%0.66%
47. New Hampshire (47)        11,8598,40541%0.57%
48. West Virginia (48)        11,2338,37934%0.54%
49. Rhode Island (50)          6,1474,05352%0.29%
50. Delaware (49)          5,4104,48621%0.26%
51. Vermont (51)          5,0963,21958%0.24%
Source: Argus TraqPak

While Colorado and Georgia kept their fourth and fifth slots, New York moved from seventh to sixth with a 58% increase in departures.

New Jersey leaped two spots to seventh on a 65% gain. In 2019, it ranked fourth before dropping to ninth in 2020.

2021 U.S. Private Jet flight activity up 41%

Overall flight activity for 2021 was up 40.9% when compared to 2020. It increased 7.2% compared to 2019 and 8.2% compared to 2018.

Argus is forecasting another record year for 2022. It expects private jet flights will increase 9.5% this year compared to 2021, with the most significant increases in the first half of 2022.

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