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.
May saw 77,068 business aviation departures in Europe, the best month this year and a 17% jump over April. Year-to-date private aviation flights are up 3.2% over the same period last year, according to WINGX.
While business aviation numbers in the U.S. showed a 5.3% increase, WINGX`s monthly Business Aviation Monitor shows 63,587 business aviation departures in Europe in April 2017, a 1% in activity from 2016. Private jet activity was flat while Piston flights were up, and Turboprop down. Combined flight hours were up by 4% compared to 2016 and year-to-date for 2017 business aviation activity is still up by 4%.
WINGX`s latest monthly Business Aviation Monitor shows 67,231 business aviation departures in Europe in March 2017, up 8% YOY. In a press release, the private jet tracking service noted this wad due to Easter falling in Mar 2016 and Apr 2017.