European Summer Bizav Activity Back To 2019 Levels, Study Says

Challenger 350
Credit: Bombardier

Europe’s business aviation activity returned to 2019 levels during the first three weeks of June, while U.S. business jet and turboprop traffic is running 20% ahead, according to WingX Advance data. 

Worldwide activity, meanwhile, is 7% higher for the same period compared to two years ago. At the same time, commercial airline activity, while rising, is 40% behind 2019 traffic, WingX says. 

In Europe, activity is 1% below that of June 2019 activity, it says. 

“Europe may be trailing the stellar growth in business jet travel across the Atlantic, but as travel restrictions are lifted and the summer season starts, many European destinations are seeing standout demand,” Wing X says. Some countries, such as Greece, Portugal, Austria, Germany, Hungary and others, are seeing strong growth compared to two years ago. Others are yet to recover. In France, flight activity so far in June, for example, is 14% down from June 2019, while departures from the UK are down 27%. 

In the U.S., travel demand has resurged, especially in “unlocked States,” with Florida leading the way. Business aviation activity in Florida is 54% ahead in June compared to June 2019, WingX says. Of the top 10 busiest states for business aviation activity, two of the 10, Illinois and New Jersey, have less traffic than they did two years ago. Activity in the remaining eight states is ahead of June 2019 levels. Traffic at Florida’s Miami-Opa Locka Airport almost doubled in June compared to two years ago, and Palm Beach activity has risen 60%. Business aircraft movements at McCarran Las Vegas Airport have increased 22% for the period, while traffic at Van Nuys Airport in California and Westchester County Airport in New York are 20% ahead. 

International flights from the U.S., meanwhile, are down 12% compared to the same June period, but up from a 20% year-to-date decline. 

Molly McMillin

Molly McMillin, a 25-year aviation journalist, is managing editor of business aviation for the Aviation Week Network and editor-in-chief of The Weekly of Business Aviation, an Aviation Week market intelligence report.