Hurricane Ian sends U.S. charter, private jet flight activity plummeting 39% to 52-week lows

Global private jet flight activity dipped 7% week-to-week and was 4% below Week 39 levels in 2021. Overall, there were 70,261 private jet flights.

Hurricane Ian sends private jet flight volume falling

However, the big news was in the United States where Hurricane Ian sent Florida’s private jet flights down 25% week-to-week and 24% below Week 39 in 2021.

The result was a 52-week low.

Overall, private jet flight activity in the U.S. dropped 9% from last week, and the week ending Oct. 2, 2022 was 5% below last year’s levels with 48,313 flights.

“Hurricane Ian was one of the most powerful storms in history so it’s little wonder that business jet traffic, particularly in Florida, was significantly down in the last week,” WingX Managing Director Richard Koe tells Private Jet Card Comparisons.

Still, U.S. private jet flights were up 5% over the past month compared to 2021 numbers.

Europe private jet flight activity in Week 39 also saw lots of red, down 2% week-to-week and 10% compared to 2021 with 13,474 departures.

Private Jet Flight Activity Analysis – 2022 – Week 39

MarketWeek 39%Change vs. prior week%Change vs 202152- week highWeek52- week lowWeekLast 4 Weeks (Flights)%Change vs. 2021
Global70,261-7%-4%78,406W25 202259,546W02 2022294,7413%
North America52,130-9%-4%62,572W14 202246,656W27 2022221,2005%
USA48,313-9%-5%57,147W14 202242,240W27 2022205,1345%
Florida3,742-25%-24%10,600W8 20223,742W39 202218,021-2%
California4,829-2%-6%6,391W7 20224,211W27 202219,6991%
Texas5,315-4%7%6,176W10 20223,850W27 202221,35114%
Europe13,474-2%-10%17,559W26 20227,583W52 202155,762-9%
UK1,872-0.2%7%2,334W26 2022894W52 20217,5233%
Germany1,708-7%-10%1,913W26 2022704W52 20216,905-6%
France2,20914%-7%3,028W21 20221,045W52 20218,376-14%
Switzerland742-12%-14%1,209W21 2022637W48 20213,301-13%
Italy1,446-7%-5%2,352W28 2022456W1 20226,587-2%
Middle East1,4623%19%1,577W34 2022918W4 20225,74521%
Africa6809%3%857W19 2022495W52 20212,7282%
Asia2,24817%33%2,286W12 20221,560W52 20218,00828%
South America1,147-5%3%1,433W50 2021844W52 20214,7639%
Source: WingX for Private Jet Card Comparisons. Includes Jets and VIP Airliners.

Hurricane Ian had its greatest impact on the charter and fractional market.

WingX data shows 52-week lows for private jet charter and fractional flights in North America, the U.S., Florida, California, and Texas.

U.S. charter and fractional flights plummeted 35% to 16,941, 39% below Week 39 in 2021.

Florida charter and fractional flights fell 48% from Week 38 and were 52% below 2021 levels.

The week’s 1,342 charter and fractional flights in the Sunshine State were below the previous 52-week low of 2,150 flights and the high of 6,065 flights.

Part 135/91K – Private Jet Flight Activity Analysis – 2022 – Week 39

Market (Part 91K & Part135)Week 39%Change vs. prior week%Change vs 202152- week highWeek52- week lowWeekLast 4 Weeks (Flights)%Change vs. 2021
Global26,887-26%-31%39,663W41 202129,588W02 2022136,308-10%
North America17,323-35%-39%31,369W8 202217,323W39 202296,803-10%
USA16,941-35%-39%29,890W8 202216,941W39 202294,557-11%
Florida1,342-48%-52%6,065W52 20211,342W39 20228,806-16%
California1,965-33%-42%3,970W7 20221,965W39 202211,112-12%
Texas1,544-32%-33%2,671W10 20221,544W39 20227,879-6%
Europe9,130-1%-10%12,441W27 20225,530W52 202137,865-10%
UK1,258-1%-1%1,681W26 2022685W2 20225,162-3%
Germany1,157-1%-5%1,241W26 2022508W52 20214,569-5%
France1,47712%-10%2,233W21 2022703W2 20225,714-15%
Switzerland539-7%-11%819W21 2022427W17 20222,330-14%
Italy1,059-11%-9%1,802W28 2022336W1 20224,914-4%
Middle East6426%8%882W34 2022319W3 20222,50811%
Africa13314%-8%180W13 202292W5 20225253%
Asia28417%54%309W43 2021156W4 20221,02548%
South America1330%8%35W50 20218W47 20217137%
Source: WingX for Private Jet Card Comparisons. Includes Jets and VIP Airliners.

In a bright note, Asia continued its upswing with 284 charter and fractional private jet flights last week, a 17% week-to-week gain and 54% ahead of 2021 numbers.

Overall, Koe remains bullish. He says, “Meanwhile business jet demand in Europe is well off 2021 highs, although these were one-off spikes. Year-to-date, after nine months of 2022, flight activity is still up more than 10% on 2019, but is probably now trending towards a full year par with 2021.”

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