Wing-X data shows despite the bright spots, overall disappointing results
December saw some year-over-year growth in business aviation
activity in Europe, according to researcher Wing-X.
Flights were up by 2.9% with most of the growth in business
jet sectors, up by 4.5%, particularly charter activity, up by 7%. For the full
year, total activity was down 1.6% compared to 2018.
Except for long-haul charters, WingX says April results show
heavy turbulence for private aviation
According to WingX, there were 66,165 business aviation departures in Europe in April, a similar volume to March, but 3.1% fewer flights than April 2019. What’s more, 12-month activity is trending less than1% growth, a mere 10% above the recession trough in 2009, and 11% down from the highpoint back in 2008.
After testing fixed-rate, route-based pricing between London and Geneva, the on-demand charter broker is expanding its whole private jet offerings for the summer
PrivateFly is offering fixed by the flight private jet charter pricing for key European city pairs this summer, on specified routes to and from London, Paris, Nice, Rome, Milan, Geneva, Palma, and Ibiza. The flights are on the Nextant 400XTi light jet. During the winter it had tested the concept between London and Geneva appealing to the U.K. ski market headed to Switzerland.
Despite limited growth, private air travel, particularly charter, is facing a slowdown, according to WingX
There were 66,736 business aviation departures in Europe
last month, a strong increase over February, but just 0.7% growth compared to
same month results for 2018, according to WingX an aviation consulting and data
company. The analyst said results were driven by a large increase in piston
traffic offsetting declines in business jet and turboprop. First quarter 2019
total activity was up 0.6% compared to 2018.