New data released by Argus’s TRAQPak service, which monitors aircraft arrival and departure information across the USA, has shown some surprising increases in business aviation activity for June 2016.
Traditionally, flight activity drops after May, as was the case from 2012-2015, but for 2016 this period saw an increase instead. Part 135 operators posted the largest gains, up 2.7%, while fractional and Part 91 sectors rose 1.1% and 1.5% respectively.
Aircraft categories also saw increases, with the turboprop market reporting the biggest, up 4.3% from May, while small and mid-size cabin craft rose 1.7% and 0.3% respectively. The Part 135 turboprop segment increased 5.8%, but large cabin aircraft fell 0.6%.
There were more surprises when comparing year-on-year. The overall difference between June 2015 and 2016 was an overall increase of 4.2%. Part 135 and Part 91 markets were up 5.3% and 3.6% respectively, with large cabin aircraft recording the biggest increases for an aircraft category in the 12-month period, up 6.4%.