The Private Jet rebound is continuing day-by-day

Global business aviation is down 58% so far in May compared to a 70% drop in April, according to WingX

Palm Beach International is the world’s busiest airport so far in May

Light Jets and Turboprops are leading the recovery

The glass is getting closer to being half full in business aviation. After a 70% drop in global private aviation in April, private jet flying is down by only 58% through the first 13 days of May. At its nadir, activity was down by around 80%.

The numbers compare favorably to the airlines. Global scheduled passenger flights were down 85% so far this month.

Illegal charters, instability face private jet buyers in a shaky COVID-19 travel world

Coronavirus spurs private jet flights

Both existing and new private aviation users are expected to boost the recovery of business aviation. However, they are facing a myriad of new Coronavirus induced issues to deal with

There are signs that private jets will be on the leading edge of business recovery.

Speaking at Corporate Jet Investor’s weekly town hall meeting, Andrew Collins, CEO of Directional Aviation’s Sentient Jet said bookings to cancelations are now running about 10-to-1. It’s a sea change from earlier this month when daily cancelations were outstripping new reservations.

Europe private jet flights drop 34% in March

As U.S. private jet travel fell by close to 30%, the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic had a big impact on business aviation in Europe

Italy private aviation flights dropped by 70% in March

Business aviation departures from Europe were down by 34% in March 2020 compared to the previous year, according to data supplied by WINGX.

The Germany-based business aviation research firm said there were 17,800 fewer flights flown last month. Like in the U.S., declines have accelerated towards the end of the month. During the final days of March, flying was down close to 50%.

Increasing COVID-19 Coronavirus restrictions in Europe likely to impact private jet availability

Private Jet Coronavirus Europe

As airlines reduce flights, it will become more difficult to position pilots on short notice

Like with the airlines, drop in demand due to Coronavirus restrictions is leading some private jet operators to ground aircraft

Both London City Airport and London Heliport have closed for normal private aviation flights

NetJets, VistaJet affirm continued operations in Europe and worldwide

Booking a private jet charter flight in Europe may become more difficult in the coming weeks, especially on short notice. That’s the consensus of several executives from private jet operators and charter brokers who spoke to us. The silver lining is, it’s not a problem yet.

A story last week in Aviation International News was headlined, “BBGA Expects Full Bizav Fleet Grounding Soon in UK.”

XO (formerly XOJET) posts COVID-19 Coronavirus safety responses

XOJET

All flights performed by XOJET Aviation now require a health questionnaire form completed by each passenger at least 24 hours prior to departure

In certain cases, its private jet passengers may be asked to submit to temperature checks before departure

Jet sharing flights from New York to South Florida are priced as low as $1,390 per seat

Vista Global Holdings (VGH) has posted COVID-19 Coronavirus protocols for both XO and XOJET Aviation, the two halves of the former XOJET.

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