Qatar sees a 279% boost in private jet flight activity during the first 15 days of the World Cup as the U.S. and Europe continue their slide

For Week 48 of 2022, global private jet flight activity jumped 7% from last week, with 66,755 departures, still 9% below 2021’s record levels.

2022 year-in-review

With just four weeks to run for the year, WingX Managing Director Richard Koe tells us, “Year to date, through December 4th, global business jet and prop activity is 11% ahead of last year, 14% above three years ago.”

He notes, “Scheduled airline activity in November finished the month 12% above November 2021, although still 23% fewer flights than November 2019. So far this year, scheduled airlines have rebounded 22% from last year, but still, 25% underwater compared to 2019.”

Back to our favorite subject, private jets, U.S. departures for the week were up 10% from Week 47, but the 48,406 flights were still 11% below 2021.

Looking at Europe, there was a rare week-to-week increase, with departures up 4%.

Still, the 8,854 flights were 10% down from 2021.

If you are wondering about the World Cup, key airports – OTHH, OTBD, OTBK – have seen 279% growth in average daily arrivals during the opening 15 days of the tournament.

Meanwhile, Asia continues to be the industry’s strongest performer, with departures up 30% over the past four weeks compared to 2021.

Private Jet Flight Activity Analysis – 2022 – Week 48

MarketWeek 48%Change vs. prior week%Change vs. 202152- week highWeek52- week lowWeekLast 4 Weeks (Flights)%Change vs. 2021
Global66,7557%-9%78,503W25 202259,582W02 2022270,945-5%
North America52,8418%-11%62,573W14 202246,660W27 2022214,122-5%
USA48,40610%-11%57,147W14 202242,243W27 2022195,469-5%
Florida7,119-2%-17%10,603W8 20223,744W39 202227,819-9%
California4,5882%-17%6,392W7 20224,212W27 202219,354-11%
Texas5,20018%-4%6,176W10 20223,850W27 202220,357-4%
Europe8,8544%-10%17,608W26 20227,591W52 202136,366-15%
UK1,28314%-5%2,336W26 2022894W52 20215,200-12%
Germany1,2881%-1%1,915W26 2022704W52 20215,266-7%
France1,1860%-21%3,032W21 20221,052W52 20214,919-18%
Switzerland61612%-5%1,209W21 2022549W47 20222,462-16%
Italy78512%7%2,357W28 2022456W1 20223,105-13%
Middle East1468-1%31%1,599W34 2022926W4 20225,73918%
Africa754-6%17%876W19 2022508W52 20213,14816%
Asia2,506-2%29%2,659W46 20221,589W52 20219,98030%
South America1,2106%-6%1,437W50 2021848W52 20214,9330%
Source: WingX for Private Jet Card Comparisons. Includes Jets and VIP Airliners.

Switching to fractional and charter operators, global private jet flight activity dropped 3% week-to-week with 33,196 flights, 17% below 2021’s numbers.

Over the past month, charter and fractional flights were down 13%.

You’ll have to judge whether it’s the glass half full or half empty.

But the biggest market, the U.S., was 18% below 2021 for the week and 12% down over the past month.

The largest U.S. markets – Florida, California, and Texas, were all down double digits over the past four weeks.

Part 135/91K – Private Jet Flight Activity Analysis – 2022 – Week 48

Market (Part 91K & Part135)Week 48%Change vs. prior week%Change vs. 202152- week highWeek52- week lowWeekLast 4 Weeks (Flights)%Change vs. 2021
Global33,196-3%-17%41,811W8 202231,911W2 2022138,455-13%
North America26,051-3%-18%32,702W8 202222,967W35 2022108,614-12%
USA24,536-2%-18%30,705W8 202221,948W35 2022102,113-12%
Florida4,101-8%-21%6,327W52 20212,024W39 202216,166-15%
California2,859-2%-22%4,095W7 20222,638W27 202212,108-16%
Texas2,1737%-6%2,734W10 20221,644W27 20228,885-10%
Europe6,1471%-17%12,962W27 20226,071W47 202225,634-21%
UK8835%-16%1,772W26 2022748W51 20213,670-18%
Germany8845%-6%1,295W25 2022572W52 20213,602-12%
France781-10%-26%2,401W21 2022781W48 20223,461-21%
Switzerland4406%-14%868W21 2022415W47 20221,780-23%
Italy59810%2%1,855W28 2022376W1 20222,376-17%
Middle East748-3%25%927W43 2022481W4 20223,03212.0%
Africa237-14%-7%321W13 2022160W35 20221,0783%
Asia698-8%50%761W47 2022365W4 20222,81638%
South America35-13%-51%83W45 202213W24 2022216-5%
Source: WingX for Private Jet Card Comparisons. Includes Jets and VIP Airliners.

Koe says, “Business jet demand is clearly ailing in Europe with double-digit declines compared to last year. The U.S. dip may be distorted by Thanksgiving dates, but charter does look weaker. Bizjet demand in the Middle East is relatively small, but still smashing records.”

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