Business Aircraft Traffic Ekes Out a Gain in 2012

 - January 22, 2013, 3:55 PM

Business aircraft flight activity was “generally flat” last year, rising 0.3 percent compared with 2011, according to a TraqPak special report released yesterday by aviation services company Argus. The report indicates that business aircraft flying did increase in the first half of last year, but fell in the latter six months. Traffic climbed 1.2 percent and 0.6 percent in the first and second quarters, respectively, but slid 0.1 percent and 0.5 percent in the last two quarters, respectively.

By aircraft category, Argus’s flight activity data for 2012 shows modest growth on the lighter end and some erosion at the top end. Light jet and turboprop flying rose year-over-year, up 1.0 percent and 0.7 percent, respectively, but both midsize and large-cabin jet activity fell last year, down 0.4 percent and 1.5 percent, respectively.

By category, Part 135 charter operators, which took the heaviest hit during the recent downturn, came out ahead. Data from Argus indicates that the Part 91 and Part 135 segments saw growth of 1.2 percent and 2.1 percent, respectively, last year versus 2011, while the fractional segment saw a 6-percent drop in activity.

Argus TraqPak data provides “serial-number-specific aircraft arrival and departure information on all IFR flights in the U.S.”