Trends: Europe private jet flights spike alongside U.S. private flying

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With Europe reopening, private jet flights are now joining the U.S. trend with dramatic gains compared to pre-pandemic 2019 activity

European private jet flights are bouncing back, in some cases exceeding 2019 levels, according to WingX’s latest weekly report. There were 2,634 business jet and turboprop sectors flown in Europe on June 21st, 2021, 95% more than the summer solstice last year and almost exactly matching 2019.

Global private jet flights down 11% during the first half of February

private jet flights fall in February

The latest data from WingX shows private flying before last February’s pre-COVID-19 levels, however, scheduled airlines were worse – off 53% from 2020

– U.K. private jet charter flights drop 60% on travel restrictions

Worldwide business aviation traffic dropped 11% for the first half of February with 14,000 flights fewer than 2020, according to the latest Global Market Tracker from WingX. Still, scheduled airline activity was 53% lower.

Private jets are weathering Lockdown 2.0 but it’s a mixed bag

WingX global weekly private jet flight tracker

Charter and jet card flights are powering private aviation through a new wave of COVID-19 lockdowns and restrictions, according to WingX

Global business aviation activity is trending down by 19% this November compared to last November, slightly weaker than the October YOY trend, according to WingX.

This month’s trend is in line with the overall decline in the last six months. Private aviation is still holding up much better than scheduled airlines where the activity is down by 62% YOY for the same period.

Private jet travel recovery stuck at 85%, says WingX

WingX global weekly private jet flight tracker

Private aviation consultants WingX says the private jet recovery had plateaued for the time being

The recovery in private jet traffic at this point appears to be hitting a ceiling of around 85% compared to 2019. That’s the assessment from Wing-X weekly’s global tracking report.

And while that sounds good compared to other sectors of the travel industry, it equates to a reduction of about 50,000 fewer private aviation sectors since the start of September. Including private jets and turboprops. In terms of hours, just over 550,000 hours have been operated in that period, an 18% year-over-year drop.

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