Business aircraft flying dipped for the second month in a row, with activity falling 2.6 percent year-over-year last month, according to TraqPak data released on Tuesday by aviation services company Argus. The company did note that the earlier Easter holiday–which fell in March this year but in April last year–could have affected business activity last month.
Part 135 flying again was the only operational category to experience a gain, Argus said, rising 9.3 percent from a year ago and marking its sixth consecutive monthly increase. Part 91 activity slipped by 7.6 percent from a year ago, while fractional flying dropped by 6.8 percent.
By aircraft category, light jet activity saw the largest gain, though it eked out only 1-percent growth year-over-year. Midsize and large-cabin jet flying was also positive, but only barely so with increases of 0.7 percent and 0.4 percent, respectively. Turboprop flying, however, decreased 8.8 percent from a year ago.
The Argus data showed several bright spots in individual market segments, including solid gains in Part 135 jet flying, with light, midsize and large-cabin charter jet flying in this segment up from last year by 12.7 percent, 23.3 percent and 15.6 percent, respectively. Fractional large-cabin jets also posted a 5.6-percent increase from a year ago. All other individual market segments experienced decreases.
Argus TraqPak data provides “serial-number-specific aircraft arrival and departure information on all IFR flights in the U.S.”