Florida bypassed California and Texas to take the top spot for private jet departures in 2020
New Jersey dropped from 4th to 9th place as flights at Teterboro Airport plummeted by 50%
2020 U.S. private aviation flight activity declined 23.9% from 2019, according to Argus TRAQPak
After a 48.9% drop in Q2, private jet flights were just 15.2% below pre-COVID levels in Q4
In a year ravaged by COVID-19 negative growth, Florida had the most private jet departures. It jumped past last year’s leader California and second-place Texas despite a 7% drop in activity. That still compares favorably to the overall market. U.S. private aviation flight activity declined 23.9% from 2019, according to Argus TRAQPak.
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%.
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.