There were 63,587 business
aviation departures in Europe in April 2017 according to WINGX`s latest
monthly Business Aviation Monitor. The figure represents a 1% YOY slowdown
Business jet activity was
flat, Piston flights were up and Turboprops were down. Combined flight hours
were up by 4% YOY. YTD-2017 business aviation activity is still up by 4%.
This month´s YOY trend was
clearly affected by the later timing of the Easter break, which slowed
activity in the latter half of April, particularly in Central, Western and
Northern Europe. Conversely, the later Easter boosted activity in Southern
Germany took the brunt of the
declining activity this month, with business aviation flights down by 11%.
The biggest drop came in business jets departures, dropping 17%. Germany
domestic and Germany to UK flights declined by most.
Flight activity from France
continued to increase, sustaining a YTD trend of 4%. UK activity was
slightly down, and Italy maintained YTD decline. In contrast, flight
activity in Spain jumped more than 20%. Flights from Switzerland and Russia
were slightly up.
Whilst overall activity
within Europe declined this month, there was strong growth in flight
arrivals from Africa and Asia. Arrivals from Middle East and CIS region were
moderately up. Transatlantic arrivals slumped 12% YOY and are trending down
The year on
year trend in flight activity
Declining activity in Northern Europe but strong growth around the
Contrasting trends this month between Private
and AOC flights, with Private flights declining 5%, maintaining a slowing trend
over the last 12 months, whereas AOC flights were up 4% and have increased in
each of the last 6 months.
AOC activity was well up in several countries,
more than 10% in Italy, 15% in France, and more than 20% in Spain and Greece,
almost 40% in Portugal. Conversely, Private flights declined in all top 5
markets, and by around 10% in Germany, Italy, Belgium.
Most aircraft segments saw some decline this
month, mainly in ELJ and MSJ, but also in ULR jets for the first time since
2015, although only due to fewer Private flights. Strong growth in VLJ activity
continues, mainly in Private flights.
Business aviation activity was up for most of
the busiest airports, however Geneva was flat and the top German airports all
declined, notably Munich and Schoenefeld. There was strong growth, especially in
AOC business jet activity, from Nice, Biggin Hill and Mallorca.
Managing Director of WINGX Advance, comments: “Clearly the slowdown this month
was due to the later timing of Easter this year, which shows that business
aviation is about ´business´ in Northern Europe, whereas the Easter vacation
period saw an increase in leisure flights to Southern Europe. A number of city
pairs are well up YTD, including those which have regular airline connections,
which underlines the attractiveness of convenience and comfort even where
business aviation is more expensive than flying commercial. Hybrid business
aviation shuttles seem to be supporting this trend.”
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