Bizav Flight Activity Stabilizing, ARG/US Data Shows

 - May 14, 2009, 7:06 AM

Although business aircraft flight activity in April declined 18.8 percent year-over-year, it was down just 1.86 percent compared with March, according to ARG/US TraqPak data released yesterday. Since activity is historically lower in April than it is in March, according to ARG/US, this could be considered good news, relatively speaking. Flight activity in 2007 slowed 5.07 percent in April as compared with the previous March, and last year it declined 10.78 percent month-over-month. By segment, Part 135 operations showed the biggest April-to-April drop at 45.6 percent, while fractionals decreased 26.4 percent and Part 91 operations held nearly even with only a 2.4-percent loss. ARG/US estimates that flight activity has dropped an average of 2.23 percent per month for the last 12 months, with total flight activity declining 21.23 percent year-over-year.  Looking at the first quarter versus the same period last year, flight activity declined more than 31 percent. ARG/US TraqPak data uses serial-number-specific aircraft arrival and departure information on all IFR flights in the U.S., including Alaska and Hawaii.