July was the peak month so far in 2017
according to WINGX`s latest monthly Business Aviation Monitor, with 87,826
This figure represents an increase of 2.5% YOY,
taking the YTD trend to 3.0% - an additional 13,950 flights compared to 2016.
Activity in July 2017 was also only 1% down from pre-crisis July-2008.
The anniversary of the Euro Football
Championships last summer meant that activity was well down in France, also
falling in Benelux and Switzerland. 54% of flights from France were Private,
these declining by 5% YOY.
Germany had a strong month with flights up by
5% YOY. Most of the increase came in AOC flights which were up by 14%. The UK
also maintained some growth; flights up by 2%. Both countries have YTD growth
trends approaching 4%. Vs 2016.
Strongest growth in flight activity this
month, as throughout the summer, was in the Mediterranean, with business
aviation activity in Spain up by 7%, and double-digit growth in flights from
Turkey and Greece.
Europe’s business jet connections with Russia
were up 6%, and transatlantic arrivals from North America gained 2%, but inbound
traffic from Middle East and North Africa fell by 5%. Flights from Europe to
Asia-Pac fell 15%, but trend up by 9% YTD.
Activity trend by City
Eye-catching growth in flights from Moscow,
Athens, Istanbul, Madrid and Stuttgart.
Cessna fleet activity was well up this month,
reflecting big gains in Super Mid, Midsize and Light Jet segments. Dassault ULR
jet sectors gained by 18%. Gulfstream activity declined overall, whereas Embraer
aircraft sectors were up by 27% YOY.
YOY declines came primarily from less active
MSJ and ELJ segments, with MSJ declines mainly due to less AOC activity, ELJ
declines due to fewer Private flights. The strongest and most consistent growth
this year is coming from SMJ, SLJ and LJ segments.
Private flight activity was flat YOY overall,
with a big drop in France offset by gains in other top markets. AOC activity has
grown in every month of 2017, up by 5% overall this month. Bombardier AOC
sectors increased by 11% YOY.
Busiest airport this month was Nice, with
modest growth due to rising AOC demand. Le Bourget saw a sizeable YOY decline,
with small declines at Luton & Zurich. Fastest YOY growth this month came at
Vnukovo, Biggin Hill and Athens.
Managing Director of WINGX Advance, comments: “The hotspot in Summer 2017 is the
the Charter market, especially in the Mediterranean region, with many leisure
resorts seeing double-digit YOY growth in flights. The connections are largely
from Northern Europe and particularly UK and Germany. Biggin Hill is clearly one
of the airports feeding this growth. From the rest of the world, there’s some
robust recovery in Russia, modest increase in transatlantic connections, and a
drop off in Middle East and Africa demand this month.”
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