U.S. charter and fractional flights 71% higher than 2019 over New Year’s weekend, according to the latest WingX data
2021 ended with private jet flights climbing even higher, according to WingX data. Compared to the prior week, global private jet flights surged 7% for the week ending January 2, 2022. The 65,839 flights represented a 50% jump compared to 2019, representing a 29% gain compared to pre-Covid levels for the trailing four weeks.
In response to a private aviation coalition request, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated its guidance for pre-departure testing
In response to a request from general aviation (GA) trade groups, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated its guidance for pre-departure testing. The new CDC guidance permits certain COVID-19 home testing kits to be accepted for passengers entering the U.S. The COVID testing mandate launched in January.
The latest data from WingX shows private flying before last February’s pre-COVID-19 levels, however, scheduled airlines were worse – off 53% from 2020
– U.K. private jet charter flights drop 60% on travel restrictions
Worldwide business aviation traffic dropped 11% for the first half of February with 14,000 flights fewer than 2020, according to the latest Global Market Tracker from WingX. Still, scheduled airline activity was 53% lower.
The National Air Transportation Association wrote the President and Transportation Secretary, “We cannot afford to shackle an industry that not only empowers countless businesses across the country and offers essential services”
In a letter to President Joseph Biden and Transportation Secretary Peter Buttigieg, National Air Transportation Association CEO Timothy Obitts warned that if domestic travel restrictions are extended to private aviation, it will hamstring the economy.