While airline passenger counts remained 75% below last year’s levels, private jet flights increased 5% during America’s birthday Independence Day holiday in 2020
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As airline passenger levels remained 75% below last year, a detailed analysis by Private Jet Card Comparisons of data from WingX shows not only that private jet flights were up year-over-year by 5%, but where they were going.
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While data from the TSA shows passenger levels for the airlines are still off by around 85%, private jet flights have recovered to 74% of 2019 levels, according to WingX.
Teterboro Airport in Northern New Jersey remained the most popular private aviation airport, followed by Love Field in Dallas, and Westchester County Airport, north of New York City
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While total private flights in the U.S. exceeded three million for the third straight clocking 0.9% growth, many of the most popular airports saw declines.
In fact, the six busiest private aviation airports and eight of the nine busiest saw the number of departures decrease in 2019 compared to 2018, according to data from Argus Traqpak.
California, Florida, and Texas each had four of the busiest business aviation airports last year.
There were only modest gains for private jet travel in 2018
with negative growth in the second half of the year, and there was a mixed bag
with the busiest business aviation airports as well. While 13 airports showed
increases in flights, 12 saw decreases. California, Florida and Texas each
placed four airports on the list, Illinois had two and while New York only had
one (Westchester County Airport in White Plains) Teterboro (TEB) Airport across
the Hudson River from Manhattan in fact was the busiest private jet airport.