Charter, Fractional private jet flights gain as overall private flight activity declines for the fifth week in a row
A later Easter holiday helps push global private jet flight activity lower week-to-week for the fifth consecutive week, according to WingX data.
Year over year flight activity (August 2017 vs. August 2016) from TRAQPak data indicates that August 2017 posted a significant increase, up 5.2%. The results by operational category were all positive with Part 135 recording a substantial yearly change, up 10.9%, Fractional activity recorded a rise of 7.0% and Part 91 activity increased 0.9%. The aircraft categories were all positive as well with large & light jets posting the largest gains, up 7.2% & 5.5% respectively. Mid-size jets and turboprops recorded gains of 4.8% & 4.5% in that order.
Private aviation flights jumped 6.5% in May 2017 compared to last year, according to TRAQPak data. Part 135 flight activity was up 13.3%, Fractional flying was up 6.9% and Part 91 activity increased 2.1%. Large and Mid-size jets posting the largest gains, up 9.3% and 9.2% respectively. Light jets and turboprops saw increases of 3.8% and 5.3% respectively.
WINGX`s latest monthly Business Aviation Monitor shows 67,231 business aviation departures in Europe in March 2017, up 8% YOY. In a press release, the private jet tracking service noted this wad due to Easter falling in Mar 2016 and Apr 2017.