Memorial Day weekend fractional and charter private jet flights surged to 58% of 2019 levels

While airline passenger counts stayed at just 12% of last year’s holiday weekend, the private jet travel rebound continued

From the Wednesday prior to Memorial Day through Tuesday, the number of passengers who passed through TSA checkpoints hovered at just 12% of 2019 levels.

During the same period, fractional and charter operator flights surged to 58% of 2019 levels, continuing an upward trek. The data from Argus affirmed the rebound for private jet operators, which just last month had seen flying drop to just 20% of last year’s level as the Covid-19 stay-at-home orders ground travel to a virtual halt.

Private Jet recovery continues ascent as airlines struggle

In the latest WingX moving 7-day average, daily business aviation flights increased to 6,600 from last month’s low of 3,700

Statistics from three different researchers and the U.S. Transport Security Administration (TSA) will again give folks from the private jet side of the aviation business some reason to have pleasant dreams. Or at least blot out recent nightmares.

Argus reveals top Part 135 private jet charter operators for 2019

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Argus Traqpak has published its list of the largest private jet rental operators in the U.S. based on 2019 flight activity

Part 135 flights declined 0.6% while flight hours fell by 1.4% in 2019

The report highlights the fragmented nature of private jet charter with the top 25 companies only accounting for one-third of flight hours

Gama Aviation Signature remains the dominant player in Part 135 private jet charter, according to a recap of 2019 activity by Argus Traqpak.

With 103,096 flight hours, it saw a 13% increase compared to 2018, despite an overall decline in the market for commercial private aircraft charter rentals.

Overall, Part 135 flying decreased by 0.6% in flights and 1.4% by flight hours on a year-over-year basis.

Argus predicts 4.2% growth in private jet flights for Q1 2020

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Also, the busiest private jet airports for the holidays

The TRAQPak forecast from Argus indicates a strong start for the new year, at least as it pertains to private aviation flying.

TRAQPak is predicting February to post a yearly gain of 5.9%, while Q1 2020 is anticipated to rise 4.2% year over year.

JetSuite launches U.S. Open tennis VIP access for SuiteKey members

JetSuite Experiences by Embark Beyond offers customers bespoke travel experiences, including special access at major sporting and cultural events

Dallas-based charter operator JetSuite is offering its customers VIP access to the U.S. Open tennis championship being held in New York City August 26 through September 8, 2019.

SuiteKey jet card members and on-demand charter customers can take advantage of the JetSuite Experiences program to attend the Open with premium seating, luxury hotel suites, player meet and greets, official after parties, and opportunities to show off their skills at the USTA National Tennis Center.

The U.S. Open offerings are part of a broad partnership with Embark, the luxury travel agency, launched in May. Last year, JetSuite relaunched its jet card program offering gourmet catering and perks for top tier members, including free helicopter transfers via Blade.

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