There were 50,335 business aviation departures in
Europe in January 2017 according to WINGX`s latest monthly Business Aviation
The figure represents a 4.4%
growth in activity compared to a very weak January 2016.
The last 12-month trend is slightly positive
although activity is still trailing the pre-crisis 2008 benchmark by more than
15%. Business jets operated 64% of flights in January, with a steady 2% growth
in Private flights and a notable 11% increase in AOC sectors. Turboprop and
Piston business aviation activity was flat YOY, extending a negative last
Strong growth in flight activity in Western
and Southern Europe this month, with flights from France up 6%, adding almost
500 departures YOY. Flight activity in UK, Germany and Switzerland gained 3%.
Spain and Austria were up more than 10%.
The main growth this month came from AOC
activity, with charter flights out of Switzerland and Spain up 13%, and from
Austria and France, a YOY increase of 20%. Italy was one of the few markets with
declining activity, all from reduced Private flights.
Intra-European flight activity was up 5%, well
ahead of the 0.5% trend last year. Arrivals into Europe from Russia declined 7%,
and inbound from North America fell 1%, although flights from Europe to North
America were up 6% YOY. Private flights were up by 1% in January, a recovery
from negative trends in 2016.
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The big European cities mainly
saw growth in activity this month, notably London and Paris.
Private activity was boosted by
strong activity growth in SLJ and VLJ segments. Private flights on Cessna,
Gulfstream and Learjet aircraft saw big YOY growth.
Overall AOC activity growth of
8%, the largest YOY jump in the last 12 months, came mainly from business jet
segments, notably Embraer jets, increasing YOY AOC activity more than 30%. VLJ
charter sectors were up 14% this month.
Of the busiest airports, Le
Bourget and Vienna had activity growth of 10%, and Munich, Aix-les- ains and
Vaclav Havel airports increased departures by more than 20%. Farnborough AOC
flights were up 12%, but Private flights declined 13% YOY.
Managing Director of WINGX Advance, comments:
“A strong start to the year,
especially in the charter market, although the YOY growth is partly down to last
year’s very weak January. The market is still fragile, activity well below the
pre- risis peak in 2008, but the last 12-month trends indicate a solid recovery
is underway. The impetus is coming from business jets, especially charters, with
light jet and very light jets flying much more. Operator consolidation and
digital brokerage platforms appear to be supporting these growth trends.”
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