Bizav Flight Activity Recovering, ARG/US Says

 - August 25, 2009, 10:48 AM

Business aircraft activity showed “tentative signs of recovery” in July, according to data from aviation services company Aviation Research Group/U.S. (ARG/US). After the global downturn began, “Business aircraft activity has been hit by a slump in demand, but in recent weeks the trend suggests activity could meet 2008 levels in the near term,” the firm said. July U.S. business aircraft arrivals and departures increased 6 percent over the previous month but decreased 7.9 percent compared with the same month last year. Notably, Part 91 turboprop flying increased by 5.4 percent year-over-year, while Avantair drove fractional turboprop activity up by 21.5 percent. July-to-July figures by aircraft category are: turboprops, +0.3 percent; light jets, -13.8 percent; midsize jets, -11.8 percent; large-cabin jets, -7.1 percent. By aircraft operator type, Part 91 business aircraft traffic fell by only 1.2 percent; Part 135, -13.9 percent; and fractional, -17.6 percent.