Global business aircraft activity was up by 17 percent over pre-pandemic 2019 last week, a span that included Easter activity, according to industry data monitor WingX Advance. In its weekly global market report, the Hamburg, Germany-based company noted the trend is above the 14 percent growth trend for the year thus far. “There was a big post-Easter pick up in business jet demand, with a strong emphasis on leisure destinations,” said WingX managing director Richard Koe.
European private aviation demand was strong, up 17 percent from the previous week and 25 percent over the same week last year, with the UK and Italy seeing the biggest boosts in volume. Compared to 2019 numbers, they are up 22 percent and 30 percent respectively.
This rise comes despite the war in Ukraine, which is now entering its third month. Business aviation traffic in this region continues to erode, down 71 percent from three years ago, with most of the remaining flight activity occurring within Russia.
In North America and the Caribbean, business jet activity is trending upwards by 23 percent compared with the same week in 2019, with departures from the U.S. accounting for more than 90 percent of the flights. New York City-area Teterboro Airport has retaken its spot as the busiest business aviation airport, though still well short of its 2019 levels.