June was the busiest month so far in 2017 -
with some 84,000 departures - according to WINGX`s latest monthly Business
Aviation Monitor published today.
The figure represents an increase of 2.7% YOY,
taking the trend for the first half of the year to 3.1% - an additional 12,000
flights compared to H1-2016. However, activity in June 2017 was still 4.5% down
on a decade ago.
Europe´s busiest market, France, saw a 6% drop
in business aviation activity, but that was due to the unusually high level of
activity during the Euro Football Championships last summer. Flight activity in
France is still up by 1% on a YTD basis.
Other large business aviation markets saw
growth this month, modest for Germany, Switzerland, UK, but more than 10% YOY in
Spain and Italy. Biggest growth in country flows was evident between Germany and
Spain, UK and Italy. Overall, flights in Southern Europe were up by 12% YOY in
June, taking the 6 month trend for this region to 6%. Departures from Eastern
Europe were up by 8% in June. Activity in the Russia market was flat, improving
on a L12M trend of -4%.
Transatlantic arrivals into Europe were up by
12% this month. More modest growth of 3% in arrivals from the Middle East.
Arrivals from North Africa were down 6%, but trending up 9% YTD. Arrivals from
Asia were up 14% this month.
Of the biggest OEM fleets, Cessna activity was
up by 4%, strongest in Midsize, VLJ and Prop segments. Bombardier flight sectors
were up by 10%, strongest in the ULR segment. Embraer aircraft flew 5,196
sectors, up 23% YOY.
of business aviation aircraft
100 and Phenom 300 jets continue to be in very strong demand in
Most business jet segments saw some growth
this month, the exceptions being the older Entry Level and Midsize Jets, with
notable declines on the Hawker 700-900 platform and on CJ1 and CJ2 aircraft. SLJ,
VLJ, SMJ segments posted 12th consecutive months of growth. Private flights
slightly decreased this month, with largest declines in France, Germany, UK,
Switzerland. AOC activity maintained its growth in every month this year, with
trends strongest this month in Germany, Italy and Spain.
The busiest airports saw some declines this
month - at Le Bourget, Nice, Ciampino. Smaller airports saw strong growth in YOY
activity, with flights from Mallorca, Biggin Hill and Ibiza respectively growing
14%, 18% and 25%.
Managing Director of WINGX Advance, comments: “Another solid growth month for
business aviation activity in Europe, despite the absence of the Euro football
championship finals which boosted activity last year. Southern Europe is seeing
strongest regional growth, reflecting the increase in activity at the most
popular Med resorts such as Ibiza and Mallorca. Primarily, charter demand is
driving this activity growth. London, Madrid and Berlin appear to be the most
frequent connection points for this surge in flights. The signs are that summer
2017 could be a hot one for the European charter market.”
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