Flight figures for July show solid growth in Western Europe

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According to WINGX Advance’s latest monthly Business Aviation Monitor, there were 81,081 business aviation flight departures in Europe in July 2015. The seasonal peak month was 0.3% up year-on-year, bringing the year-to-date trend to -0.9% compared with 2014.

There was solid growth in activity across all six of Europe´s largest markets, all in Western Europe: France, Germany, the UK, Spain, Italy, and Switzerland. Year-on-year, there were an additional 1,700 flights from these countries when compared with 2014.

The downside this month, according to the figures, is mostly in Europe’s periphery, with the Russian market´s decline accelerating to 24% year-on-year, Ukraine falling 37%, and Turkey down by 6%. Austria and Norway were down by 9%.

Business aviation flights into Europe from the Middle East were up 22% this month. Flights from Europe to North America increased 8%. European arrivals from the CIS fell 30% and domestic European flights were up 1.4%.

Most of the market’s growth came from turboprop and piston activity, not business jet flights; these were slightly increased in terms of private activity but down 3% in charter activity. The main growth markets for business jet activity this month were Italy and Spain. Business jet departures from Greece increased 10% in July. Declines in business jet flights from Germany and Turkey exceeded 5%.

Richard Koe, managing director of WINGX Advance, commented, “The recovery in demand for business aviation in Western Europe is getting more embedded, after a bad Q1. For the Eurozone at least, the year-to-date trend in activity is now just about positive. New aircraft deliveries in the ultra long range, super midsize and light jet segments have helped to boost this activity. The aggregate picture is spoilt by declines in Europe’s peripheral regions, especially the Russian market. This has particularly sapped demand for heavy and midsize jets, particularly for charter flights.”

Every month WINGX Advance publishes the Business Aviation Monitor – a reference for current levels and trends in business aviation activity. The analysis combines traffic analysis by airport, region, country, O&D, aircraft segment, OEM and type.

August 11, 2015

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