Seven of the 50 busiest business aviation airports are in California, however, 24 states are represented on the list
California has more top 50 airports when it comes to private jet departures than any other state with seven airports, including Van Nuys, Los Angeles International (LAX), Orange County, San Jose, Oakland, Burbank and San Francisco International. Texas tied for second with six airports in the mix – Love Field, Austin, Hobby, San Antonio, Ft. Worth and Addison. Florida, also with six airports in the 50 busiest, includes Palm Beach, Opa-Locka, Ft. Lauderdale Executive, Ft. Lauderdale International, Naples, Miami International and Boca Raton. However, when it came to the busiest region, New York with 130,230 departures beat out South Florida (99,197), Los Angeles (82,565), Dallas (66,528) and Chicago (57,268), according to data provided by TRAQPak. Overall, there were 3,062,634 total departures for flights tracked in the U.S., including Alaska and Hawaii, plus Canada.
December 22nd is projected to be the busiest day for private jet travel during the holidays with over 9,000 flights
Palm Beach International Airport is expected to be the busiest destination for the private jet set this upcoming holiday season with an average of more than 130 business aviation arrivals per day during the period while Dec. 22 is expected to be the busiest day with 9,072 flights. That’s according to ARGUS TRAQPak which released its projections for the busiest destinations and days for business aircraft travel during the holiday season. The data includes all Part 135 flights in U.S., including Alaska and Hawaii, plus the Caribbean and Canada, excluding cargo, scheduled Part 135 and fractional operators. There are approximately 7,500 aircraft in the Part 135 fleet. There are about 28,000 commercial flights in the U.S on a given day.
President Donald J. Trump’s expected visit this weekend to the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey will have a significant impact on private jet travel.
Business aviation continued its growth in 2016, according to ARGUS TraqPAK. Total business private aviation flights increased to 2,948,708 in 2016 from 2,858,445 in 2015, a 3.2% gain. Flight activity grew in 11 of 12 month during the year. The biggest increase was in large cabin planes with a 6% jump. Gulfstream G-IV airplanes saw the largest increase.