Private Jet Flight Activity Analysis – 2022 – Week 45

By Doug Gollan, November 17, 2022

Global private jet flight activity drops for the fourth straight week as Asia continues to counter the trend with its rebound

Global private jet flight activity declined 1% week-to-week, the four straight week-to-week drop.

With 67,493 flights, private jet departures were 6% down from Week 45 in 2021 and 3% below year-over-year numbers for the trailing four weeks.

U.S. private jet flips dip 3%

U.S. private jet flights dipped 3% in Week 45, accounting for 48,808 segments, 7% below 2021, although just 1% down for the past four weeks. yea

With 9,735 flights, Europe had a 2% week-to-week bump, but volume was still 15% below the same period in 2021.

Over the past month, European private jet departures were 17% below last year’s.

While Asia posted just 2,253 departures, it represented a year-over-year 23% gain, equal to the region’s strong traffic numbers during the past four weeks.

Private Jet Flight Activity Analysis – 2022 – Week 45

MarketWeek 45%Change vs. prior week%Change vs. 202152- week highWeek52- week lowWeekLast 4 Weeks (Flights)%Change vs. 2021
Global67,493-1%-6%78,503W25 202259,582W02 2022281,021-3%
North America52,764-3%-6%62,573W14 202246,660W27 2022220,567-1%
USA48,408-3%-7%57,147W14 202242,243W27 2022203,018-1%
Florida5,848-10%-18%10,603W8 20223,744W39 202225,819-5%
California4,727-1%-12%6,392W7 20224,212W27 202219,423-8%
Texas5,3342%-9%6,176W10 20223,850W27 202222,132-1%
Europe9,7352%-15%17,608W26 20227,591W52 202140,689-17%
UK1,427-1%-8%2,336W26 2022894W52 20215,889-15%
Germany1,35613%-9%1,915W26 2022704W52 20215,450-10%
France1,3313%-10%3,032W21 20221,052W52 20215,644-14%
Switzerland68715%-17%1,209W21 2022637W48 20212,673-21%
Italy868-1%-13%2,357W28 2022456W1 20223,857-15%
Middle East1,325-6%1%1,599W34 2022926W4 20225,6835%
Africa8047%26%876W19 2022508W52 20213,20416%
Asia2,2531%23%2,357W43 20221,589W52 20219,09823%
South America1,33028%10%1,437W50 2021848W52 20214,9366%
Source: WingX for Private Jet Card Comparisons. Includes Jets and VIP Airliners.

Charter and fractional operators saw much the same.

Global charter and fractional private jet flights were down 4% from the previous week, putting them 14% below 2021’s record levels.

For the past four weeks, the commercial private jet market is now 11% down from last year.

In the U.S., 24,556 departures represented a 5% week-to-week drop for the week that ended Nov. 13.

That was 14% behind last year and 9% down for the last month.

Part 135/91K – Private Jet Flight Activity Analysis – 2022 – Week 45

Market (Part 91K & Part135)Week 45%Change vs. prior wk%Change vs. 202152- week highWeek52- week lowWeekLast 4 Weeks (Flights)% Change vs. 2021
Global33,933-4%-14%41,811W8 202231,911W2 2022144,064-11%
North America26,042-5%-13%32,702W8 202222,967W35 2022110,278-8%
USA24,556-5%-14%30,705W8 202221,948W35 2022104,568-9%
Florida3,297-12%-23%6,327W52 20212,024W39 202214,715-11%
California2,909-4%-17%4,095W7 20222,638W27 202212,140-12%
Texas2,3027%-14%2,734W10 20221,644W27 20229,334-7%
Europe6,833-2%-22%12,962W27 20226,186W52 202129,709-21%
UK988-5%-15%1,772W26 2022748W51 20214,222-20%
Germany9439%-15%1,295W25 2022572W52 20213,851-12%
France9391%-14%2,401W21 2022795W2 20224,037-18%
Switzerland4836%-25%868W21 2022456W44 20221,979-27%
Italy652-0.2%-16%1,855W28 2022376W1 20222,973-20%
Middle East723-8%-4%927W43 2022481W4 20223,203-0.2%
Africa31114%14%321W13 2022160W35 20221,1949%
Asia6378%22%730W43 2022365W4 20222,54114%
South America8322%84%71W48 202113W24 202227196%
Source: WingX for Private Jet Card Comparisons. Includes Jets and VIP Airliners.

Those numbers looked good compared to Europe, where charter and fractional flights were 22% under 2021.

Asia did buck the red with an 8% week-to-week gain, 22% ahead of 2021.

For a silver lining, so far in November, despite the declines, activity is 10% ahead of 2019’s pre-pandemic volume.

Europe slides back

Summing it up, Richard Koe, MD of WingX, says, “The post-pandemic rebound in business aviation is taking on regional characteristics with the U.S. market holding onto most of its gains, European demand visibly sliding back, although we see record transatlantic connections.”

He continues, “There is also strong growth persisting in other regions of the world, notably in Africa and parts of Asia.”

If you are a jet card or on-demand flyer, Koe notes, “The charter market, red hot for much of the last 18 months, is clearly tapering.”

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