Private jets are weathering Lockdown 2.0 but it’s a mixed bag

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Charter and jet card flights are powering private aviation through a new wave of COVID-19 lockdowns and restrictions, according to WingX

Global business aviation activity is trending down by 19% this November compared to last November, slightly weaker than the October YOY trend, according to WingX.

This month’s trend is in line with the overall decline in the last six months. Private aviation is still holding up much better than scheduled airlines where the activity is down by 62% YOY for the same period.

COVID-19 shakes up private jet charter booking patterns

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Driven by the COVID-19 pandemic’s changing border restrictions and quarantines, there were major changes to private jet charter bookings during the July to September period.

While there have been endless reports about the influx of newcomers – PrivateFly said their share increased to 44% from 35% – some of the other changes were perhaps expected but had not been previously reported.

Where are the private jets? Head for the mountains

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Wyoming, Montana, Utah and Colorado have seen the smallest decreases in private jet flights so far this year, according to Argus TRAQPak

Just published data from Argus TRAQPak shows if you want to know where all the private jets have gone, head to the mountains. Wyoming, down 5.8%, Montana (-6.7%), Utah (-7.2%), and Colorado (-10.2%) saw the smallest decreases during the first nine months of the year. Arizona performed the best of non-mountain states with an 11.7% decline. Overall, private aviation flights were down 28.1% through the end of August.

Private Jet rebound expected to continue in September

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Argus TRAQPak projects a 14% year-over-year deficit this month

Argus TRAQPak, one of the two analysts providing regular updates on business aviation flights, is providing industry followers an optimistic look as we move into Fall.

VistaJet offers an inside look at how COVID-19 has changed private jet travel

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In celebration of National Aviation Day, VistaJet interviewed six of its employees about how the global coronavirus pandemic has impacted the private jet travel experience

Worldwide private jet operator VistaJet is celebrating National Aviation Day – it was earlier this month – by taking visitors to its website inside the lives of employees as they carried on during the COVID-19 crisis, providing an essential lifeline to those of us who needed to get somewhere.

Under the banner of “Meet the global aviation experts,” VistaJet is presenting interviews with a cabin hostess, captain, operations duty manager, program sales executive, customer experience manager, and vice president of charter sales.

Global private jet activity hits post-March high

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The V-shaped private jet travel recovery continues to be driven by pent-up demand, government restrictions and the continuing COVID-19 pandemic

Worldwide business aviation activity reached its highest levels since the first weeks of March when flights plummeted.

According to the WingX, during the first half of August, global private aviation departures are tracking at 16% below 2020 levels.

Nigeria, Colombia, Serbia, Brazil lead private jet travel’s Covid-19 winners and losers list

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Here’s how the U.S., U.K., Canada, Australia, Mexico and other top business aviation markets performed during the coronavirus pandemic

An analysis of private aviation departures from WingX data by Private Jet Card Comparisons reveals a wide disparity in how COVID-19 impacted private jet travel on a country-by-country basis.

There was only one country that saw departures increase during the period and at the bottom of the list, 10 countries saw flying less than 50% of 2019 totals.

Looking at the 50 countries and territories with the most private aviation departures between March and July 2020, Nigeria’s private flights are at 103% of 2019 levels, up 3%.

Still, it was a bumpy ride powered by a 57% increase in flights during July. During the five months of data reviewed, Nigeria’s private aviation departures were ahead of 2019 levels in four months, although April departures dropped 73%.

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