Business jet activity in the first 11 days of September was on the rise in North America but lower in Europe, according to the latest report from WingX Advance.
In North America, activity was 3 percent higher than the same period a year ago and 13 percent above pre-pandemic 2019. Business jet flights in the U.S. increased 4 percent year-over-year during the 11-day period and rose 22 percent versus the same time frame in 2019.
Meanwhile, European activity fell 7 percent from last year, though the report noted it was 20 percent above the same period three years ago. The UK saw the steepest decline, at -10 percent, and Germany and France each also saw double-digit declines, according to the report.
In the rest of the world, activity in the 11-day period was up 14 percent from last year and 62 percent above 2019 levels. “So far this month, we have seen a modest correction in the downward trend in flights in 2022 compared to 2021, at least in the U.S.,” said WingX managing director Richard Koe. “With charter operators still dipping from last year's highs, the impetus appears to be coming from aircraft owners and flight departments. European flight activity is ailing, particularly in Central Europe.”