Private Jet Flight Activity Analysis – 2023 – Week 12

Charter operators get more aggressive as demand continues to fall, down 16% compared to 2022.

By Doug Gollan, March 31, 2023

Charter operators get more aggressive as private jet flight activity continues to fall, down 16% compared to 2022

With 68,543 flights, global private jet flight activity fell 3% week-to-week, 9% below last year’s numbers for Week 12.

Over the past month, worldwide private flights in 2023 were 8% below 2022.

The 48,683 departures were a 2% slip from the previous week and 11% below last year.

Over the past month, U.S. flights are 10% lower than in 2022.

Europe also continued its slide, off 4% week-to-week with 9,632 flights. That’s 8% down from Week 12 last year.

Total – Private Jet Flight Activity Analysis – 2023 – Week 12

MarketWeek 12%Change vs. prior week%Change vs. 2022 52-week highWeek52- week lowWeekLast 4 Weeks % Change vs. 2022
Global68,543-3%-9%78,503W25 202257,233W51 2022277,604-8%
North America53,520-2%-11%62,573W14 202243,691W51 2022217,896-10%
USA48,683-2%-11%57,147W14 202238,832W51 2022197,635-10%
Florida7,880-7%-14%9,344W14 20223,744W39 202233,125-12%
California4,801-4%-16%5,817W16 20224,066W51 202219,515-14%
Texas5,0105%-11%5,797W43 20223,730W5 202320,230-10%
Europe9,632-4%-8%17,608W26 20226,648W52 202238,095-8%
UK1,271-11%-16%2,336W26 2022982W52 20225,139-10%
Germany1,3323%-5%1,915W26 2022651W52 20225,002-5%
France1,339-18%-19%3,032W21 20221,011W52 20225,839-10%
Switzerland685-18%-21%1,209W21 2022549W47 20223,176-12%
Italy8659%6%2,357W28 2022511W52 20223,1101%
Middle East1,263-12%-13%2,173W50 2022984W52 20225,4613%
Africa780-10%-9%876W19 2022622W2 20233,0831%
Asia2,436-10%3%3,269W50 20221,786W32 202210,21117%
South America1,56513%20%1,490W6 20231006W29 20225,91723%
Source: WingX for Private Jet Card Comparisons. Includes Jets and VIP Airliners.

Charter and fractional operators fared no better.

Their 32,955 flights last week were a 6% week-to-week drop and 17% down from 2022’s record levels.

U.S. charter and fractional segments dropped 4% from week 11, putting them 16% under last year.

In Europe, the 6,351 departures were 17% under 2022.

Part 135/91K – Private Jet Flight Activity Analysis – 2023 – Week 12

Market (Part 91K & Part135)Week 12%Change vs. prior wk%Change vs .202252- week highWeek52- week lowWeekLast 4 Weeks %Change vs. 2022
Global32,955-6%-17%41,552W25 202231,174W51 2022135,232-16%
North America25,710-5%-17%32,327W14 202222,967W35 2022105,878-16%
USA24,161-4%-16%30,511W14 202221,948W35 202298,935-17%
Florida4,279-7%-18%5,792W52 20222,024W39 202217,970-18%
California2,833-3%-21%3,678W16 20222,635W51 202211,473-21%
Texas1,979-6%-22%2,494W42 20221,644W27 20228,340-16%
Europe6,351-6%-17%12,962W27 20224,995W52 202225,556-16%
UK832-15%-26%1,772W26 2022735W2 20233,496-18%
Germany8101%-17%1,295W25 2022516W52 20223,153-14%
France904-18%-26%2,401W21 2022764W52 20223,958-17%
Switzerland496-18%-28%868W21 2022415W47 20222,342-20%
Italy65513%1%1,855W28 2022389W52 20222,309-4%
Middle East541-19%-33%1,075W50 2022512W52 20222,456-16%
Africa242-22%-15%321W13 2022160W35 20221,008-2%
Asia576-19%-19%1,015W50 2022407W30 20222,5383%
South America4413%-20%83W45 202213W24 2022162-17%
Source: WingX for Private Jet Card Comparisons. Includes Jets and VIP Airliners.

WingX Managing Director Richard Koe says, “The sharper decline in the U.S. charter market has eroded a substantial amount of the gains compared to pre-pandemic 2019. European bizjet gains compared to 2019 have narrowed to 5%.”

Several charter brokers tell us they look a Wheels Up as a bellwether.

As it bought various operators, Wheels Up, executives said they would continue to keep their wholesale channels open.

However, as demand surged and Wheels Up needed capacity for its members, that stopped.

“They’re quoting again, and they are aggressive,” one broker said, while another added he has seen a similar availability opening in Vista Global’s XOJet fleet.

“I wouldn’t call it a buyer’s market yet. I call it an active market,” noted a third broker.

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