WingX: Bizjet Activity Continues Pre-pandemic Bounce

 - June 9, 2022, 11:22 AM
European business jet operations are leading the continued rebound in global activity. (Photo: Dassault Aviation)

Global business jet activity in the first week of June had a “mild cooling” from the previous week, but operations were still up 10 percent over that same period in 2021 and 20 percent above 2019 levels, data analyst WingX Advance reported today. This comes on the heels of 12 consecutive record-breaking months, WingX added. Global Part 135 and 91K business jet activity was up 11 percent year-over-year in the week ending June 5, but volumes had softened by 2 percent week-over-week.

North America logged nearly 50,000 business jet flights during this week, marking a 21 percent jump from the same period in 2019 and 12 percent from last year. Over the last four weeks, Part 135 and 91K traffic were up 5 percent over 2021. Meanwhile, corporate flight departments were 3 percent busier last week than in 2019, but private flight departments were up 30 percent, according to WingX. The demand hotspot, the firm said, has been medium-short trips, ranging between 1.5 to three hours, which have been up 38 percent from 2019.

The rebound in Europe was much stronger, with activity in the region since May 1 up 31 percent from the same period in 2021 and by 18 percent from 2019. Mediterranean countries—Spain, Italy, Turkey, and Greece—all have seen at least a 30 percent jump in operations this year compared with 2019.  Operations are up 24 percent since the beginning of May in the UK, although WingX said the Jubilee period does not seem to have generated a spike in flights.

Elsewhere, the week was 19 percent busier than last year.