World Cup sends Middle East private jet flight activity up 64% year-over-year as global flying increases 6% week-to-week

While global private jet flight activity in Week 50 increased 6% from last week with 71,455 flights, a second straight week-to-week increase, don’t get too excited.

Private Jet 2023 Outlook

“The last few months have seen the post-covid bounce in business jet demand fall away, and in Europe this winter, we are starting to see lower activity levels than in 2019. The recessionary outlook for the economy is likely to bake this decline into 2023. The U.S. market looks more resilient, with modest declines compared to last year, edging the market towards a trajectory of 5%-10% gains over 2019 during 2023,” says Richard Koe to those looking ahead.

For the moment, the week ending Dec. 18 was 3% below 2021.

For the trailing four weeks, activity was down 4% off last year’s record pace.

In the critical U.S. market, the 50,456 departures were a 3% week-to-week increase. That was 4% down from last year and the same decline over the past month.

Despite a 13% week-to-week gain in Europe, its 10,078 departures were 7% below last year.

Over the past four weeks, Europe’s private jet activity has been 11% down.

The Middle East, powered by the World Cup (congratulations to Argentina and France), was 64% ahead of 2021.

Still, those 2,173 flights represent less than a third of what Florida saw in the same week.

It’s the same where reopening powered Asia to a 47% year-over-year increase for the week with 3,269 flights.

Private Jet Flight Activity Analysis – 2022 – Week 50

MarketWeek 50%Change vs. prior week%Change vs. 202152- week highWeek52- week lowWeekLast 4 Weeks (Flights)%Change vs. 2021
Global71,4556%-3%78,503W25 202259,582W02 2022270,549-4%
North America55,3214%-4%62,573W14 202246,660W27 2022212,113-4%
USA50,4563%-4%57,147W14 202242,243W27 2022193,278-4%
Florida6,9876%-9%10,603W8 20223,744W39 202228,141-8%
California4,8035%-10%6,392W7 20224,212W27 202218,598-10%
Texas5,6443%2%6,176W10 20223,850W27 202220,8220%
Europe10,07813%-7%17,608W26 20227,591W52 202136,456-11%
UK1,49011%-3%2,336W26 2022894W52 20215,265-6%
Germany1,3649%1%1,915W26 2022704W52 20215,199-2%
France1,45317%-12%3,032W21 20221,052W52 20215,079-18%
Switzerland83718%1%1,209W21 2022549W47 20222,719-5%
Italy8058%3%2,357W28 2022456W1 20223,0720%
Middle East2,17334%64%2,173W50 2022926W4 20226,87933%
Africa692-11%1%876W19 2022508W52 20213,05716%
Asia3,26924%47%3,269W50 20221,589W52 202111,19132%
South America1,49011%0%1,490W50 2022848W52 20215,238-5%
Source: WingX for Private Jet Card Comparisons. Includes Jets and VIP Airliners.

The charter and fractional market saw a 9% week-to-week uptick, with 35,841 flights.

That was still down 8% compared to last year for Week 50.

Over the past month, charter and fractional flying dropped 11% compared to 2021’s record pace.

Part 135/91K – Private Jet Flight Activity Analysis – 2022 – Week 50

Market (Part 91K & Part135)Week 50%Change vs. prior wk%Change vs. 202152-week highWeek52- week lowWeekLast 4 Weeks (Flights)%Change vs. 2021
Global35,8419%-8%41,811W8 202231,911W2 2022136,673-11%
North America27,4377%-8%32,702W8 202222,967W35 2022106,631-11%
USA25,7036%-9%30,705W8 202221,948W35 2022100,065-11%
Florida3,95911%-11%6,327W52 20212,024W39 202216,212-13%
California2,9315%-14%4,095W7 20222,638W27 202211,550-15%
Texas2,4326%-1%2,734W10 20221,644W27 20228,981-4%
Europe7,08913%-14%12,962W27 20226,071W47 202225,571-17%
UK10629%-13%1,772W26 2022748W51 20213,757-13%
Germany9469%-3%1,295W25 2022572W52 20213,543-7%
France96416%-23%2,401W21 2022781W48 20223,443-24%
Switzerland62415%-3%868W21 2022415W47 20222,021-11%
Italy6229%-2%1,855W28 2022376W1 20222,335-4%
Middle East1,07530%53%1,075W50 2022481W4 20223,42627%
Africa230-12%-3%321W13 2022160W35 20221,0013%
Asia1,01537%72%1015W50 2022365W4 20223,22145%
South America5746%4%83W45 202213W24 2022173-26%
Source: WingX for Private Jet Card Comparisons. Includes Jets and VIP Airliners.

Fractional and charter operators were busy in the Middle East (up 53% year-over-year) and Asia (72% up).

“For the almost-complete year of 2022, global business aviation activity is up 10% compared to 2021, up 54% in 2020, and up 14% on 2019,” Koe notes.

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