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.

WingX reports November headwinds for the private jet recovery

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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.

Private jet recovery hits post-March high despite COVID-19 surge, event cancelations

WingX private jet travel trends

The latest WingX weekly tracking report shows private jet travel continues to hold onto its recovery despite the resurgence of COVID-19 and fewer UHNW events

Global business aviation activity is down by 15% through most of October 2020 compared to the same period in 2019. However, 15% down is the new up if you are in a travel-related business, for sure.

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.

Nigeria, Colombia, Serbia, Brazil lead private jet travel’s Covid-19 winners and losers list

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Here’s how the U.S., U.K., Canada, Australia, Mexico and other top business aviation markets performed during the coronavirus pandemic

An analysis of private aviation departures from WingX data by Private Jet Card Comparisons reveals a wide disparity in how COVID-19 impacted private jet travel on a country-by-country basis.

There was only one country that saw departures increase during the period and at the bottom of the list, 10 countries saw flying less than 50% of 2019 totals.

Looking at the 50 countries and territories with the most private aviation departures between March and July 2020, Nigeria’s private flights are at 103% of 2019 levels, up 3%.

Still, it was a bumpy ride powered by a 57% increase in flights during July. During the five months of data reviewed, Nigeria’s private aviation departures were ahead of 2019 levels in four months, although April departures dropped 73%.

Storm clouds for the private jet rebound?

August 2020 private jet trends

A leading association executive warns the private jet rebound may not be sustainable

As the warm days of summer move the crisp weather of fall, at least one association boss is warning that the private jet rebound could be set to stall.

David Edwards, CEO of the Air Charter Association, a European trade group representing over 250 brokers and operators, said he is concerned about members hyping the nascent private aviation rebound. He pointed specifically to companies talking up increases in call volume to actual purchase levels of private flights.

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