Slow Labor Day private jet travel and Hurricane Florence dip private flying 5.2% during September

The strong growth trend for private flying hit a speed bump in September

 

It was a September not to remember, at least for business aviation, according to TRAQPak’s review of year over year flight activity which revealed a 5.2% year over year decline. According to a press release, the results by operational category were mixed with fractional activity providing the only yearly increase, up 1.1% year over year. Part 135 activity (on-demand charter and jet cards) posted a large drop of 10.0%, while Part 91 activity recorded a decline of 3.1% for the period. The aircraft categories were all negative with light jets posting the largest decline from 2017, down 8.1%. Large jets posted a decrease of 6.8%, while mid-size jets posted a 2.5% year over year decrease. Turboprops decreased 4.7%. 

Private Aviation Records Best Q1 Results Since 2008

The Jet Support Services, Inc. (JSSI) Business Aviation Index for the first quarter of 2017 showed an increase in global business flight activity compared with the fourth quarter of 2016 while utilization of aircraft in the first quarter of 2017 represented the highest level of flight activity for any first quarter since 2008.