North American BizAv Flight Activity Sees 45% July Boost

Gulfstream 700
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North American business aviation activity in July totaled 305,136 flights, up 45% from a year ago and 43,100 more than in July 2019, setting a record according to Argus International data. 

Fractional activity rose 50% compared to a year ago, while Part 91 flights rose 41% and Part 135 takeoffs increased 48%. By size category, large-jet activity experienced the largest gain with a 66% rise, but all categories posted increases. Part 135 large-jet flight activity posted the largest gain at 80%, while fractional turboprop activity posted the smallest increase at 25.5%.

Compared to June 2021, flight activity in North America rose 5%, with all operational categories positive.

Worldwide flight activity in July rose 47% compared to a year ago, with overall European traffic up 44%.


In August, Argus analysts expect a 45% increase in North American flight activity compared to a year ago and traffic to increase 14% compared to August 2019. European activity, meanwhile, is expected to increase 28% compared to a year ago.

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.