Thanksgiving week was a turkey for private aviation as private jet flight activity dropped 15% from the previous week

What goes up must come down, at least regarding private jet flight activity.

A week after breaking a four-week streak of declines, global private jet flight activity slumped 15% for the week ending Nov. 27, 2022.

The drop puts the 62,557 private jet flights worldwide 2% below last year.

Thanksgiving private jet activity

Looking at the holiday window, Richard Koe, WingX’s managing director notes, “Thanksgiving jet activity was down 6% on last year, but up 13% in 2019.”

Some flying may show up next week if the “work from anywhere” trend means private jet users are staying longer.

Private jet flights in the U.S. fell 18% week-to-week with 43,946 movements, flat to 2021.

European headwinds continued, with flights down 8% week-to-week, 19% down compared to the same time last year, and 17% for the trailing four weeks.

Even Asia, which has been seeing strong year-over-year growth, saw a 4% week-to-week drop, although volume remained 35% ahead of 2021.

Private Jet Flight Activity Analysis – 2022 – Week 47

MarketWeek 47%Change vs. prior week%Change vs. 202152- week highWeek52- week lowWeekLast 4 Weeks (Flights)%Change vs. 2021
Global62,557-15%-2%78,503W25 202259,582W02 2022271,637-3%
North America48,992-16%0%62,573W14 202246,660W27 2022214,607-2%
USA43,946-18%0%57,147W14 202242,243W27 2022195,916-2%
Florida7,234-4%4%10,603W8 20223,744W39 202227,086-7%
California4,507-18%-7%6,392W7 20224,212W27 202219,519-7%
Texas4,399-21%0%6,176W10 20223,850W27 202220,567-4%
Europe8,491-8%-19%17,608W26 20227,591W52 202137,023-17%
UK1,129-17%-22%2,336W26 2022894W52 20215,359-17%
Germany1,272-6%-5%1,915W26 2022704W52 20215,178-10%
France1,187-2%-23%3,032W21 20221,052W52 20215,031-16%
Switzerland549-10%-25%1,209W21 2022549W47 20222,446-21%
Italy701-7%-22%2,357W28 2022456W1 20223,193-17%
Middle East1,4892%24%1,599W34 2022926W4 20225,67412%
Africa8012%14%876W19 2022508W52 20213,14816%
Asia2,562-4%35%2,659W46 20221,589W52 20219,71031%
South America1,139-9%-13%1,437W50 2021848W52 20214,7602%
Source: WingX for Private Jet Card Comparisons. Includes Jets and VIP Airliners.

Fractional and charter operators also saw declines, down 8% from last week, putting activity 10% below last year.

Over the past month, charter and fractional flights worldwide are 11% below last year.

While Florida saw a 5% jump week-to-week, U.S. charter and fractional flights fell 9% with 25,061 segments.

U.S. charter and fractional flying is now 9% lower than last year over the past four weeks.

Part 135/91K – Private Jet Flight Activity Analysis – 2022 – Week 47

Market (Part 91K & Part135)Week 47%Change vs. prior wk%Change vs. 202152- week highWeek52- week lowWeekLast 4 Weeks (Flights)%Change vs. 2021
Global34,106-8%-10%41,811W8 202231,911W2 2022140,136-11%
North America26,937-8%-7%32,702W8 202222,967W35 2022109,532-9%
USA25,061-9%-7%30,705W8 202221,948W35 2022103,082-9%
Florida4,4715%-3%6,327W52 20212,024W39 202215,801-12%
California2,922-15%-12%4,095W7 20222,638W27 202212,270-12%
Texas2,034-14%-8%2,734W10 20221,644W27 20228,871-11%
Europe6,071-8%-24%12,962W27 20226,071W47 202226,446-22%
UK838-13%-24%1,772W26 2022748W51 20213,825-21%
Germany843-10%-11%1,295W25 2022572W52 20213,582-14%
France8700%-25%2,401W21 2022795W2 20223,608-19%
Switzerland415-6%-29%868W21 2022415W47 20221,796-27%
Italy544-7%-24%1,855W28 2022376W1 20222,431-21%
Middle East771-2%14%927W43 2022481W4 20223,0717.1%
Africa2747%2%321W13 2022160W35 20221,1146%
Asia7616%49%761W47 2022365W4 20222,70928%
South America40-31%-31%71W48 202113W24 202224936%
Source: WingX for Private Jet Card Comparisons. Includes Jets and VIP Airliners.

Africa and Asia also saw week-to-week increases, however, on small volume.

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