WingX data shows off private aviation’s rebound is still being boosted by holidays and leisure flights
Global private aviation flights in 2020 were down 11% compared to December 2019, according to the latest tracking report from WingX. At its peak of just over 12,000 flights on December 23, the rolling 7-day average daily activity surpassed the previous post-March high point. By contrast, scheduled airline traffic was down by 48% for the month.
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.
In November, global private aviation is being hit by lockdowns in Europe and a post-election dip in the United States
Private aviation flights were off 20% year-over-year in the first half of November, according to business aviation tracker WingX. It’s a drop from the minus 15% activity level private flying had settled into since the summer.
Data from Argus and WingX shows private jet charters drew within 10% of pre-COVID-19 levels for the first time last month
Data from Argus shows Part 135 private jet charters continued to push the recovery of business aviation last month. In October, there were 802,054 flights, 8.7% below 2019 levels. That includes 14 days in which traffic was higher than the same date last year.
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.
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.
WingX’s Global Market Tracker shows private jet flights in Europe rebounded to 85% of 2019 levels so far in July
Who needs the Americans? Not Europe’s private aviation segment, at least not at the moment.
With borders opening across the continent earlier this month, WingX’s weekly Global Market Tracker reports private jet flights in Europe to rebound to 85% of 2019 activity.