The crisis in Ukraine “undermined” business aircraft flying in Europe last month, with European flights to the CIS down 24 percent and East-West European connections down by 15 percent, according to the latest data from business aviation research and consulting firm WingX Advance. Overall, there were 68,048 business aviation flight departures in Europe last month, a 2.7-percent year-over-year decline, with July 11 percent below its 2008 peak and the least active July on record since 2005. Year to date, activity in the region is 0.7 percent below the 2013 trend.
A 5-percent decline in flights from Europe’s most active market, France, had the largest negative influence on aggregate activity, WingX said. Meanwhile, business aviation flights from Switzerland fell 10 percent, and “crisis-hit” Russia and Ukraine were 12 percent and 49 percent “adrift,” respectively, year-over-year. There were some regional growth spots, including the UK (up 3.3 percent) and Greece (up 17 percent).
Private business jet and piston activity “subsided” last month, but turboprop flights increased by 2.3 percent from a year ago. Overall, private flights fell 4 percent, mostly attributable to lower business jet activity. Charter jet flying also fell in July, while piston and turboprop charters were up.