Asia, South America private jet flight activity posts 35% + gains in 2023 compared to 2022

Global private jet flight activity dipped 9% from the previous week, with 60,638 departures, putting it 3% below 2022’s record levels for the same period.

Over the trailing month, the 250,166 business jet flights were 2% off from the like holiday period.

Summarizing 2023 so far, WingX Managing Director Richard Koe says, “Business jet activity is holding up, losing some ground to last year’s record January activity, when the end of lockdowns released a surge of pent-up demand. The U.S. charter market has come off last year’s highs but is still much bigger than pre-pandemic. Regions like the Middle East are still seeing record business jet flight activity.”

For the U.S., its 43,798 flights for the week ending Jan. 15, 2023, were 4% below 2022 levels, with an equal dip looking at the prior four weeks.

Florida saw a 23% week-to-week dip with 6,835 flights, 12% below last year.

Despite a 3% week-to-week surge, Europe’s 7,720 private jet flights for the week were 12% below 2022.

Meanwhile, the Middle East (+6%), Africa (+5%), South America (+35%), and Asia (+36%) all saw gains compared to the same period a year ago.

Private Jet Flight Activity Analysis – 2023 – Week 2

MarketWeek 2%Change vs. prior week%Change vs. 202252- week highWeek52- week lowWeekLast 4 Weeks (Flights)%Change vs. 2022
Global60,538-9%-3%78,503W25 202257,233W51 2022250,166-2%
North America47,983-12%-4%62,573W14 202243,691W51 2022200,161-3%
USA43,798-8%-4%57,147W14 202238,832W51 2022178,383-4%
Florida6,835-23%-12%10,603W8 20223,744W39 202230,803-8%
California4,7772%4%6,392W7 20224,066W51 202218,289-5%
Texas4,618-5%0%6,176W10 20223,850W27 202217,898-1%
Europe7,7203%-12%17,608W26 20226,648W52 202230,002-11%
UK1,018-12%3%2,336W26 2022982W52 20224,2479%
Germany96929%-12%1,915W26 2022651W52 20223,377-8%
France1,24310%-2%3,032W21 20221,011W52 20224,558-6%
Switzerland697-11%-12%1,209W21 2022549W47 20222,888-10%
Italy61015%12%2,357W28 2022511W52 20222,3199%
Middle East1,183-2%6%2,173W50 2022926W4 20224,98012%
Africa622-22%5%876W19 2022587W2 20222,89124%
Asia2,389-2%36%3,269W50 20221,720W3 20229,67631%
South America1,316-4%35%1,490W50 2022978W2 20225,51635%
Source: WingX for Private Jet Card Comparisons. Includes Jets and VIP Airliners.

Charter and fractional operators flew 29,471 segments worldwide in Week 2, 12% under 2022’s record levels. They were 9% down for the trailing four weeks globally.

With 21,967 departures, the U.S. was down 10% compared to last year on the charter, fractional front with Florida falling 19% below 2022 levels.

However, over the past four weeks, Florida was down only 11%.

Part 135/91K – Private Jet Flight Activity Analysis – 2023 – Week 2

Market (Part 91K & Part135)Week 2%Change vs. prior week%Change vs. 202252- week highWeek52- week lowWeekLast 4 Weeks (Flights)%Change vs. 2022
Global29,471-16%-12%41,811W8 202231,174W51 2022132,433-9%
North America23,408-18%-10%32,702W8 202222,967W35 2022106,864-8%
USA21,967-16%-10%30,705W8 202221,948W35 202298,274-9%
Florida3,743-25%-19%6,109W8 20222,024W39 202218,227-11%
California2,919-4%-1%4,095W7 20222,635W51 202211,622-9%
Texas1,966-7%3%2,734W10 20221,644W27 20227,946-2%
Europe5,289-5%-21%12,962W27 20224,995W52 202221,770-17%
UK735-17%-5%1,772W26 2022735W2 20233,1831%
Germany66719%-17%1,295W25 2022516W52 20222,475-11%
France804-1%-8%2,401W21 2022764W52 20223,252-12%
Switzerland518-17%-18%868W21 2022415W47 20222,252-15%
Italy46314%11%1,855W28 2022389W52 20221,7843%
Middle East537-9%-15%1,075W50 2022481W4 20222,443-4%
Africa191-29%-25%321W13 2022160W35 202299511%
Asia532-12%0%1015W50 2022365W4 20222,51015%
South America46-26%0%83W45 202213W24 202222916%
Source: WingX for Private Jet Card Comparisons. Includes Jets and VIP Airliners.

For fractional and charter operators, Asia and South America weren’t as robust, both flat compared to 2022.

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