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.
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.