2023 private jet flight activity sees a 1% increase over 2022, although charter and fractional flights continued their decline

While private jet flying tailed off in the second half of 2022, global private jet flight activity for Week 1 of 2023 totaled 66,817 departures, 3% up compared to the previous week.

Worldwide private jet departures were 1% ahead of the same period last year, although they were 2% down for the trailing four weeks.

U.S. private jet activity shows an early dip

In the U.S., private jet flight activity was 1% higher than in the final week of 2022, with 47,573 segments; however, 2023 departures were 2% down from the same period last year.

Europe started 2023 with 7,490 private jet flights for the week, 12% down from 2022 levels.

For the past month, European private flights were 9% below the same period a year ago.

Private Jet Flight Activity Analysis – 2023 – Week 1

MarketWeek 1%Change vs. prior week%Change vs. 202252-week highWeek52- Week lowWeekLast 4 weeks (Flights)%Change vs. 2022
Global66,8173%1%78,503W25 202257,233W51 2022261,083-2%
North America54,2442%0%62,573W14 202243,691W51 2022207,499-3%
USA47,5731%-2%57,147W14 202238,832W51 2022185,041-4%
Florida8,822-1%-2%10,603W8 20223,744W39 202230,955-7%
California4,6870.3%-6%6,392W7 20224,066W51 202218,315-8%
Texas4,8859%4%6,176W10 20223,850W27 202218,924-1%
Europe7,49013%-12%17,608W26 20226,648W52 202232,360-9%
UK1,15317%8%2,336W26 2022982W52 20224,7197%
Germany75015%-15%1,915W26 2022651W52 20223,772-4%
France1,13512%-11%3,032W21 20221,011W52 20224,768-9%
Switzerland78118%-15%1,209W21 2022549W47 20223,028-7%
Italy5324%18%2,357W28 2022456W1 20222,5147%
Middle East1,21323%5%2,173W50 2022926W4 20225,97028%
Africa79615%35%876W19 2022587W2 20222,96123%
Asia2,43414%28%3,269W50 20221,720W3 202210,55635%
South America1,378-2%44%1,490W50 2022978W2 20225,69023%
Source: WingX for Private Jet Card Comparisons. Includes Jets and VIP Airliners.

For fractional and charter operators, the first week of January saw both week-to-week and year-over-year declines.

The 35,205 fractional and charter flights worldwide were 6% below 2022.

The 26,084 U.S. fractional and charter flights represented a 5% week-to-week and year-over-year dip.

In Europe, charter and fractional flights started the new year 17% below last year’s levels.

Part 135/91K – Private Jet Flight Activity Analysis – 2023 – Week 1

Market (Part 91K & Part135)Week 1%Change vs. prior week%Change vs. 202252-week highWeek52- week lowWeekLast 4 Weeks (Flights)%Change vs. 2022
Global35,205-2%-6%41,811W8 202231,174W51 2022138,832-8%
North America28,705-4%-4%32,702W8 202222,967W35 2022110,919-8%
USA26,084-5%-5%30,705W8 202221,948W35 2022102,031-8%
Florida4,995-12%-7%6,109W8 20222,024W39 202218,552-9%
California3,0401%-6%4,095W7 20222,635W51 202211,677-12%
Texas2,1203%3%2,734W10 20221,644W27 20228,458-2%
Europe5,54511%-17%12,962W27 20224,995W52 202223,572-15%
UK88315%2%1,772W26 2022769W52 20223,511-2%
Germany5598%-16%1,295W25 2022516W52 20222,754-6%
France8096%-17%2,401W21 2022764W52 20223,413-16%
Switzerland62117%-19%868W21 2022415W47 20222,358-12%
Italy4054%10%1,855W28 2022376W1 20221,9430%
Middle East58915%-13%1,075W50 2022481W4 20222,98214%
Africa2683%26%321W13 2022160W35 20221,03417%
Asia6037%-2%1015W50 2022365W4 20222,99434%
South America620%11%83W45 202213W24 202224017%
Source: WingX for Private Jet Card Comparisons. Includes Jets and VIP Airliners.

“Business aviation activity has entered the new year with a small head-start on the first days of January 2022, with some recovery in the U.S. following the winter storm blip in December. The charter market is still weakening, notably in California and in the busiest Western European markets. Private flight departments are offsetting these trends with strong growth compared to last year,” says Richard Koe, Managing Director of WingX.

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