Private jet flights soar in second-home and resort markets

August private aviation activity in second-home and resort markets was more than 75% above 2019 levels with large increases across the board

In August, Bandon Dunes in Oregon saw an average of 42 private jet flights a day. That’s a 75% increase compared to 2019. To the south, Napa private flights spiked 77%. Neither were close to Aspen, where private flights were up 111% last month over pre-pandemic totals. On the East Coast, Westhampton Francis S. Gabreski Airport saw a whopping 125% more flights last month than two years ago.

Only 3 of the 25 busiest U.S. private jet airports saw gains in 2020

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The busiest private jet airports in 2020 saw drops at 22 of 25, including a 50% drop in flights at Teterboro Airport in New Jersey, which remained the busiest private jet airport in the U.S.

Nearly 90% of the busiest private jet airports in the United States saw a drop in departures for COVID-19 ravaged 2020 compared to the full year of 2019.

The Private Jet rebound is continuing day-by-day

Global business aviation is down 58% so far in May compared to a 70% drop in April, according to WingX

Palm Beach International is the world’s busiest airport so far in May

Light Jets and Turboprops are leading the recovery

The glass is getting closer to being half full in business aviation. After a 70% drop in global private aviation in April, private jet flying is down by only 58% through the first 13 days of May. At its nadir, activity was down by around 80%.

The numbers compare favorably to the airlines. Global scheduled passenger flights were down 85% so far this month.

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