Business aircraft flights in Europe drop in July

Alud Davies
By Alud Davies August 9, 2019 14:07

Business aircraft flights in Europe drop in July

According to the latest WINGX Advance Insight report, European departures by business aircraft dropped by -2.5% in July 2019 when compared to the same period last year.

The report says that’ overall, flight activity was 1.8% lower in the seven months to the end of July this year than in January to July of 2018.

The drop in flight activity was largely due to a slowdown of flights from two of the largest countries for flight activity in Europe. Germany and the UK both saw flight activity drop by 6%. One of Europe’s other large markets, France, was flat, although WINGX noted an increase in domestic departures within the country.

Although flight activity was down across Europe, WINGX says that, aside from July 2018, the total number of business aircraft flights was the highest number seen since July 2006.

“Business aviation flight activity continued to slow in July 2019, a couple of points down on 2018. Whilst this is drawing a disappointingly premature end to the recovery in regional activity which we saw in 2018, the month was still one of the busiest months on record,” said Richard Koe, managing director of WINGX Advance.

Growth in aircraft categories came mostly from heavy jets, which were up by 6.6% year on year. Ultra-long range, super-midsize and light jets also saw growth, although these were at lower rates.

Europe’s busiest airport for business aviation, Paris Le Bourget, saw a drop of 2% in business aircraft flights in July, with Geneva, another of Europe’s business aviation hotspots, dropping by 10%.

Bright spots so far in the year include Madrid, which has seen a huge 31% increase in activity so far in 2019. Smaller, but still significant increases, were recorded in Cannes and Farnborough.

“The impetus is coming disproportionately from the heavy metal, with super-mid, heavy and ultra-long-range jets in more demand. This reflects the relatively strong growth of the active fleet in Europe at the top end of the market. The bigger jets are being deployed successfully on AOC activity, notably by the leading international operators,” said Koe.

Alud Davies
By Alud Davies August 9, 2019 14:07

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