European Bizav Flying Continues Slump

 - May 16, 2013, 3:25 PM

Business aircraft flying in Europe contracted by 3.6 percent year-over-year in the March and April period, according to recent data from business aviation information provider WingX Advance, based in Hamburg, Germany. “Activity [in Europe] remains in the trough it entered in the fourth quarter of 2012, with no recovery in sight,” the company said.

WingX reports that there were 140,386 business aircraft departures in Europe during the two-month period: 53,264 by private aircraft, 52,625 by charter aircraft and 34,497 by other operators. (“Other” includes government, aeromedical and training flights.) This was down 3.2 percent, 3.6 percent and 9.8 percent, respectively, from a year ago.

During the period, light aircraft–which includes light jets, turboprops and pistons–accounted for more than 60 percent of business aircraft flying activity in Europe, logging 32,275, 18,958 and 16,334 departures, respectively. Midsize jets logged 13,870 flights in the region in March and April, while there were 22,607 departures by large-cabin jets and 1,845 by bizliners.

According to WingX, the five European airports with the most business aircraft departures over the two-month span were Paris Le Bourget (7,197 departures), Geneva (5,012), Moscow Vnukovo (3,933), London Luton (3,871) and Zurich (3,514).