Despite limited growth, private air travel, particularly charter, is facing a slowdown, according to WingX
There were 66,736 business aviation departures in Europe
last month, a strong increase over February, but just 0.7% growth compared to
same month results for 2018, according to WingX an aviation consulting and data
company. The analyst said results were driven by a large increase in piston
traffic offsetting declines in business jet and turboprop. First quarter 2019
total activity was up 0.6% compared to 2018.
Private jet flights fell at six of Europe’s seven busiest airports
There were 54,481 business aviation departures in Europe last month, down by 0.8% year-over-year (YOY), with a 2.1% drop in business jet sectors. Trends for the last 12-months in business aviation are up by 1.4%, and 10% above 2016 trough but still 11% behind January 2008 peak, according to WINGX, an aviation research firm.
Business aviation analytics company WingX reports flight activity continues to weaken, especially for jet charters
For the full year 2018, 13 of the 20 largest markets in Europe were up, although, of the biggest, only Germany and Spain got robust growth, according to a press release from WingX. Activity has clearly slowed in the second half in UK, France, Italy. The biggest declines, according to Wing-X came from Russia and Turkey.
February private aviation flying in Europe hit 57,037 flights marking a 4.5% increase in year-over-year (YOY) activity
Business jet departures were up by 3%, with a decline in private flight missions, owners flying in their own private jets, offset by 5% gains in charter and Jet Card activity, according to WingX, a consulting firm. Western and Central Europe saw healthy growth in flight activity, although flat in the UK and modest in Italy. Germany had the strongest growth, mainly growth in turborop activity. Spain had the largest growth in private jet activity at +9%.
November was another growth month for business aviation in Europe, with 61,837 flight departures, up 6.1% YOY, taking the YTD growth trend to 4.2%. Activity in November 2017 was still 10.5% behind the pre-crisis peak back in November-2007, reports WINGX.