Business aircraft activity dipped 0.5 percent overall year-over-year in June in North America and the Caribbean as both Part 135 and 91 operations dropped, according to the latest Argus TrakPaq report.
Fractional activity marked the only increase in June, up 5 percent year-over-year. This was driven by a 7.9 percent gain in light-jet flights and 10.8 percent increase in midsize-jet operations, offsetting the 17.3 percent plunge in fractional operations involving large jets.
Meanwhile, Part 135 large-jet operations saw a 2.8 percent increase and midsize-jet operations a 1 percent increase. But this was not enough to overcome the 8.8 percent decline in Part 135 light-jet operations and the 0.4 percent slide in turboprop activity. Overall, Part 135 activity was down 1.6 percent in June, compared with June 2018. Part 91 activity was down 1.2 percent, with large-jet flights down 2.4 percent and midsize-jet activity sliding 3.9 percent. Part 91 light-jet operations, however, saw a 0.5 percent increase in June.
Taking into account all operational categories, midsize-jet activity was up 1.3 percent. All other aircraft categories were down year-over-year in June: large jets by 2 percent, light jets 1.9 percent, and turboprops 0.6 percent.
Despite the softer June, business aircraft operations are up 0.3 through the first six months of the year, and Argus forecasts a 1 percent increase in year-over-year activity this month.