October´s business aviation activity came down
from the summer's peak, but was still up 8% YOY - with business jet charter
flights up by 13% YOY - according to WINGX`s latest monthly Business Aviation
The YTD trend climbed to 4%, an additional
28,000 flights this year compared to 2016.
The largest markets contributed most growth,
with Western Europe showing robust increase in flight activity, especially in
France, Spain and Italy. There was an increase of over 1,000 flights YOY from
France this month.
There were small YOY declines in activity from
Russia, Norway and Turkey, but strong gains from other smaller markets such as
Sweden, Austria and Greece. YTD, Germany has seen the most growth, flights up by
3.9%, an additional 415 flights per month.
Business aviation flights from Southern Europe
were up by 10% this month, and have a 12-month growth trend of 7%. Arrivals into
Europe from Russia were down 2%. There was slight growth in flights to the
Middle East, and a 9% bounce in flights from Europe to North America.
There was some recovery this month in Private
flights, up 5% YOY, in contrast to stagnation over much of the last 12 months.
But all this growth came from 10% gain in Prop activity. Business jet Private
missions slipped back 0.4% YOY.
Activity trend by City
Almost 5,000 departures out of 13 London
airports; up 7% compared to last year.
Cessna aircraft were 6% busier this month,
with 7% increase in VLJ flights and over 100% growth in Cessna´s Midsize
activity. In the ULR segment, Gulfstream activity was up by 13%. Embraer Heavy
Jet flights were up >30%, Hawker Light Jets by 19%. Bizliner and Entry Level Jet
activity was down this month. All other segments were up, especially Piston AOC
activity. Light, Very-Light and Heavy Jet flights were up >12% YOY. VLJ Private
flights were up by 20% YOY.
There were more than 3,000 PC-12 flights this
month, up by 34% YOY. King Air 200, Excel/XLS and Mustang Charter activity was
slightly up. Legacy 600 and Phenom 300 had most growth in Charter. Falcon 2000
Private flights were up 10%.
Almost all the busy airports saw an increase
in YOY activity this month, although Private flights from Geneva and Luton were
down. Nice added most YOY activity, a 13% gain. 16% growth at Farnborough and
Biggin Hill, more than 25% growth at Barajas airport.
Managing Director of WINGX Advance, comments: “October activity came down off
the summer peaks, as usual, but the strong YOY growth, the largest so far this
year, points to a sustained growth in charter demand. This is evident across
almost all business jet segments, most notably in heavy jets. The market appears
to be responding to a better outlook for the economy, and within the industry,
competitive pricing, aggressive marketing and more productive underlying
operating and brokerage models."
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