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.

After a big August, private jet flights in Europe see September drop

WingX private jet travel trends

August private aviation flights in Europe were up 3% year-over-year, but with more lockdowns and the end of summer vacation travel, flight activity is dropping, according to WingX

Private aviation in Europe is seeing a September swoon, according to the latest weekly tracking report from WingX, an aviation consultancy. After Europe beat 2019 numbers in August, France, a major market, saw a 15% decline in private jet and prop flights month-to-date.

June brought more headwinds for Europe’s private jet market

Bad news led the good news last month for business aviation, according to WingX

The good news was June was the busiest month of the year for business aviation in Europe with 87,236 private flight departures. The bad news was the numbers were still down by 1.7% year-over-year, according to consultancy WingX.

Richard Koe, WingX managing director, said, “All but one month this year so far have seen declines in flight activity compared to last year, with the first half of 2019 some 2% down on 2018. “

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