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Business aviation activity in the European Region grew slightly

Dal Kikin
April 17, 2019

The activity of business aviation in the European region in March increased by only 0.7% compared with the figure for 2018. The stagnation of business traffic continues. This is evidenced by data collected by the agency Wingx Advance.

In March, a significant increase in flights on small piston aircraft was recorded, although the decline in the business transport market by jet and turboprop aircraft brought the total growth to zero. So, a total of 66.7 thousand business aviation flights were performed, although this is “significantly more” than in February. Over the month, flights on large jet aircraft increased by 2%, while the number of flights on midsize jet and small jet aircraft decreased by 2% compared to last year.

Richard Koe, managing director of WINGX, commented, “Total business aviation activity continues to eke out some growth this year, but business jet activity is clearly slowing, evidently in the charter market. This is coming from a big drop-off in peripheral markets such as Russia and Turkey, and a slowdown in key city hubs, notably London, which is a direct consequence of business uncertainty and falling consumer confidence as Brexit drags on. The large cabin jet market continues to see some overall strength, notably in super-midsize and ultra-long-range jet activity.”

The market for heavy business jets continues to demonstrate stability, especially in relation to the sun of the super-middle and ultra-long class.

In March, there was a reduction in the number of departures from London airports: 13% from Luton and 6% from Farnborough, while Biggin Hill took 9% more flights.

The highest activity of the business aviation segment was recorded in March on departures from Spain. Also positive was the dynamics of departures from France. The number of flights from Switzerland and the UK has declined. At the same time, the largest drop in business aviation activity is noticeable in Germany.

On long-haul routes from Europe, there was an increase in flights to North America and Africa, while flights to the Asia-Pacific region were 12% less.