WingX sees business aviation activity growth pick up in September
According to WingX’s latest monthly Business Aviation Monitor there were 83,848 business aviation departures in Europe this month, representing 4% growth YOY, slightly ahead of YTD trend. 63% of this month’s activity was jet-operated, this activity increasing 3% YOY. The last 12 month trends are now strongest in Medium Jet category.
UK and Switzerland had slight declines in departures this month, although both have YTD trends of around 3%. France and Germany had solid growth around 5%, with the strongest growth this month coming from Italy and Spain, respectively 7% and 9%. Some smaller markets had strong growth, with business aviation activity up by 10% in Netherlands and Ireland, 22% from Croatia. Activity out of Finland was up by 60%, mainly Prop and Piston. Flights out of Turkey slumped by 15% this month.
Large Jet activity was up only 1% this month, with flat trends in France and Germany, and a 5% decline in the UK, 8% declining out of London. But Large Jet activity was up by 5% in Switzerland, 9% in Italy, 18% YOY from Spain. Flights operated within Europe were up 4% this month, and flights to North America bounced back with 5% YOY increase, against 1% YTD decline. Flights to Middle East dropped off by 20%, trailing 11% YTD. Flights to Africa are trending up by 8% YTD.
Charter/AOC activity was up by 2% YOY, weaker than recent trend. France and Germany were the busiest markets, trending around 3.5%. Spain, Italy and Netherlands had strongest growth in Charter/AOC. Out of the UK, Charters declined 6% YOY.