Private jet flight activity continues down from 2021’s record levels but stays above 2019

Global private jet departures for the week ending Dec. 11, 2022, were up 1% from the previous week. However, the 67,690 flights marked a 2% dip from the same period in 2021.

Falling behind in 2022

In the U.S., there were 53,347 private jet flights in Week 49, up 1% from the previous week and down 3% from last year.

Over the past month, U.S. flights were 4% off last year’s records.

Europe, with 8,954 flights last week, saw a 1% bump, with activity 5% lower than in 2021.

Over the past month, private jet flights were 13% behind last year’s numbers for Europe.

The Middle East and South America each saw an 11% week-to-week gain.

Private Jet Flight Activity Analysis – 2022 – Week 49

MarketWeek 49%Change vs. prior week%Change vs. 202152- week highWeek52- week lowWeekLast 4 Weeks (Flights)%Change vs. 2021
Global67,6901%-2%78,503W25 202259,582W02 2022272,937-4%
North America53,3471%-3%62,573W14 202246,660W27 2022215,790-4%
USA48,9561%-3%57,147W14 202242,243W27 2022197,002-4%
Florida6,577-8%-9%10,603W8 20223,744W39 202228,730-7%
California4,556-1%-9%6,392W7 20224,212W27 202219,323-9%
Texas5,4635%-1%6,176W10 20223,850W27 202220,775-2%
Europe8,9541%-5%17,608W26 20227,591W52 202135,789-13%
UK1,3455%10%2,336W26 2022894W52 20215,142-9%
Germany1,255-3%-3%1,915W26 2022704W52 20215,189-6%
France1,2415%-15%3,032W21 20221,052W52 20214,850-19%
Switzerland71216%8%1,209W21 2022549W47 20222,492-10%
Italy746-5%17%2,357W28 2022456W1 20223,027-7%
Middle East1,62611%15%1,673W34 2022926W4 20226,21520%
Africa7793%29%876W19 2022508W52 20213,17618%
Asia2,6435%17%2,659W46 20221,589W52 202110,69228%
South America1,34811%-1%1,437W50 2021848W52 20215,017-3%
Source: WingX for Private Jet Card Comparisons. Includes Jets and VIP Airliners.

Charter and fractional operators saw a 1% week-to-week drop with 32,833 flights, 9% off of 2021.

On a global scale, charter and fractional flights are 12% down for the trailing four weeks.

The U.S. made up 24,168 of total charter and fractional private jet departures, down 1% from Week 48 and 10% below 2021’s shiny numbers.

Over the past month, flights are 11% below last year’s torrid pace.

Part 135/91K – Private Jet Flight Activity Analysis – 2022 – Week 49

Market (Part 91K & Part135)Week 49%Change vs. prior wk%Change vs. 202152- week highWeek52- week lowWeekLast 4 Weeks (Flights)%Change vs. 2021
Global32,833-1%-9%41,811W8 202231,911W2 2022137,841-12%
North America25,568-2%-10%32,702W8 202222,967W35 2022108,567-11%
USA24,168-1%-10%30,705W8 202221,948W35 2022102,111-11%
Florida3,581-13%-16%6,327W52 20212,024W39 202216,536-12%
California2,787-3%-11%4,095W7 20222,638W27 202212,037-14%
Texas2,2986%-3%2,734W10 20221,644W27 20228,923-7%
Europe6,2632%-11%12,962W27 20226,071W47 202225,065-19%
UK97410%7%1,772W26 2022748W51 20213,656-14%
Germany870-2%-6%1,295W25 2022572W52 20213,529-11%
France8286%-21%2,401W21 2022781W48 20223,350-23%
Switzerland54223%1%868W21 2022415W47 20221,839-17%
Italy571-5%17%1,855W28 2022376W1 20222,295-12%
Middle East83011%18%927W43 2022481W4 20223,14117%
Africa26010%29%321W13 2022160W35 20221,0275%
Asia7416%21%761W47 2022365W4 20222,92634%
South America3911%-19%83W45 202213W24 2022174-25%
Source: WingX for Private Jet Card Comparisons. Includes Jets and VIP Airliners.

The Middle East, Africa, and South America all had double-digit week-to-week gains.

However, the forecast looks bumpy.

“Business jet activity is steadily slipping off post-Covid highs, although it’s likely 2022 will still conclude with a low double-digit gain on 2019. That said, there is now a marked decline in charter activity, suggesting first-time customers may be exiting the market. Europe is still seeing the brunt of the slowdown compared to last year,” says WingX Managing Director Richard Koe.

Still, it’s not time for tears.

Koe notes business jet and turboprop-operated sectors are trending 2% below comparable 2021 for the first 12 days of December and 5% above December three years ago.

For the year to date, since January, business aviation flights are up 11% compared to last year, 14% ahead of 2019.

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