15 Sep 2020
US Labor Day proves a damp squib for private flights
According to WingX's weekly Global Market Tracker, 90,000 business jet and turboprop flights have been operated in the first eight days of September, an eight per cent decline versus the same period in September 2019 and a deficit of around 7,000 flights. Comparing the last eight days with comparable days in 2019, the delta is twice as large at just under 16 per cent YOY. The most recent rolling seven-day average is 11,273 daily flight departures, down from the post-March high point of 11,728 flights, but well above the April trough of 3,500 flights per day. Since 1 March, global business aviation flights are down 35 per cent compared to last year. This trend is still far more resilient than scheduled aviation, which is 64 per cent behind last year's activity since March and still 57 per cent off so far this month.