Private Jet Flight Activity Analysis – 2023 – Week 8

Private jet flight activity continues to slide as California, and Florida see double-digit drops over the past month.

By Doug Gollan, March 2, 2023

Private jet flight activity continues to slide as California, and Florida see double-digit drops over the past month

Global private jet flight activity dropped 1% week-to-week, with 70,453 departures, according to the latest WingX data.

That was 8% below Week 8 in 2022. For the past month, private jet flights were 4% under last year’s records.

Flights in the U.S. were flat for the week ending Feb. 26, 2023, with 50,872 departures, 8% down from 2022.

Over the trailing four weeks, U.S. private jet flying was 6% lower, based on the number of flights.

Across the busiest U.S. states, Florida (-11%) and California (-13%) were down double digits over the past month compared to last year’s all-time highs.

The 8,935 European flights in Week 8 were down 12% week-to-week and 20% below 2022.

Europe private jet flying is lagging last year by 9% over the past month.

The Middle East (+28%), Asia (+27%), and Africa (+22%) are all booming, with big gains over the trailing four weeks.

Private Jet Flight Activity Analysis – 2023 – Week 8

MarketWeek 8%Change vs. prior week%Change vs. 2022 52- week highWeek52-week lowWeekLast 4 Weeks %Change vs. 2022
Global70,453-1%-8%78,503W25 202257,233W51 2022269,445-4%
North America56,2741%-7%62,573W14 202243,691W51 2022211,426-5%
USA50,8720%-8%57,147W14 202238,832W51 2022191,869-6%
Florida9,17411%-13%10,603W8 20223,744W39 202231,924-11%
California4,789-9%-15%5,846W8 20224,066W51 202219,498-13%
Texas5,2749%2%6,176W10 20223,730W5 202318,853-6%
Europe8,935-12%-20%17,608W26 20226,648W52 202236,925-9%
UK1,171-11%-26%2,336W26 2022982W52 20225,107-8%
Germany1,111-17%-18%1,915W26 2022651W52 20224,697-7%
France1,324-8%-18%3,032W21 20221,011W52 20225,366-10%
Switzerland840-18%-22%1,209W21 2022549W47 20223,509-6%
Italy7740%3%2,357W28 2022511W52 20222,9274%
Middle East1,355-7%10%2,173W50 2022984W52 20225,80828%
Africa8715%31%876W19 2022622W2 20233,32822%
Asia2,4843%17%3,269W50 20221,786W32 20229,94427%
South America1,293-17%-6%1,490W6 20231006W29 20225,61014%
Source: WingX for Private Jet Card Comparisons. Includes Jets and VIP Airliners

Globally, charter and fractional operators saw a 4% dip, with 34,449 flights in Week 8.

That was 17% down from 2022, including a 12% drop during the past month.

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The U.S. accounted for 25,536 of those flights, 15% below 2022’s records.

Over the past month, U.S. charter and fractional flights trailed last year by 12%.

Part 135/91K – Private Jet Flight Activity Analysis – 2023 – Week 8

Market (Part 91K & Part135)Week 8%Change vs. prior wk%Change vs. 202252-week highWeek52-week lowWeekLast 4 Weeks %Change vs. 2022
Global34,449-4%-17%41,811W8 202231,174W51 2022133,468-12%
North America27,419-2%-15%32,702W8 202222,967W35 2022104,571-11%
USA25,536-2%-15%30,705W8 202221,948W35 202297,615-12%
Florida4,7704%-21%6,109W8 20222,024W39 202217,410-17%
California2,972-9%-18%3,769W8 20222,635W51 202211,898-17%
Texas2,1018%-4%2,734W10 20221,644W27 20227,651-12%
Europe6,080-13%-29%12,962W27 20224,995W52 202225,378-18%
UK817-15%-34%1,772W26 2022735W2 20233,674-15%
Germany744-13%-22%1,295W25 2022516W52 20223,074-14%
France892-15%-27%2,401W21 2022764W52 20223,744-16%
Switzerland633-18%-27%868W21 2022415W47 20222,613-15%
Italy5850%-3%1,855W28 2022389W52 20222,2270%
Middle East595-10%-10%1,075W50 2022512W52 20222,5924%
Africa2569%9%321W13 2022160W35 20229611%
Asia62716%16%1015W50 2022407W30 20222,33918%
South America4812%-8%83W45 202213W24 2022172-23%
Source: WingX for Private Jet Card Comparisons. Includes Jets and VIP Airliners

In Europe, the 6,080 charter and fractional flights were 29% under 2022 for Week 8 and 18% down for the last month.

However, WingX Managing Director Richard Koe tempers the dreary numbers reminding us, “The downwards slide in bizjet demand is steepening, especially in charter, but there are still comfortable gains compared to 2019.”

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