European airports saw 77,197 business aviation departures last month, an increase of 5 percent year-over-year, according to the statistics released today by Germany-based data provider WingX Advance. Of the six top markets, Germany saw the largest increase in departures for the month, up 8 percent from last October, followed by the UK at 3 percent, France and Switzerland at 5 percent each, and Spain at 11 percent, while Italian departures saw nominal growth.
In October, jets constituted 60 percent of the business aviation flights, and jet activity was up 4 percent year-over-year, led by the super-light and super-midsize segments, which gained 9 percent and 12 percent, respectively. Large jet flights increased by 1 percent.
Last month, business aviation flights within Europe rose by 4.9 percent year-over-year, while transatlantic departures were up by 10 percent. Overall, year-to-date European business aircraft activity is up by 3.2 percent.