August private aviation flights in Europe were up 3% year-over-year, but with more lockdowns and the end of summer vacation travel, flight activity is dropping, according to WingX
Private aviation in Europe is seeing a September swoon, according to the latest weekly tracking report from WingX, an aviation consultancy. After Europe beat 2019 numbers in August, France, a major market, saw a 15% decline in private jet and prop flights month-to-date.
Very Light Jet operator GlobeAir says year-over-year flights in July were up 8.6% with net sales jumping 11.3%
GlobeAir is adding to the good news coming from Europe. Last week NetJets announced it was hiring back furloughed pilots at its subsidiary there. It also said it was reversing plans to ground some of its European fleet there it had designated for retirement.
The European very light jet operator has added sustainability as a long-term company goal
GlobeAir has launched a new CSER (Corporate Social and
Environmental Responsibility) roadmap 2020 and putting sustainability as one of
the company’s long-term goals.
The company is using the hashtag #WeArePlanetA. As part of the initiative, it will now be possible to offset one’s carbon footprint for private jet flights on GlobeAir.
Aviation accounts for just 2% of all carbon emissions. Business aviation’s carbon emissions are about 2% of the aviation total, and 0.04% of global human-made emissions.
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.