Summer slowdown for business aviation in Europe


Figures released by independent business aviation analyst WingX Advance show a decrease in activity in Europe for August. The company recorded a total of 74,689 business aviation departures in August 2016, which is a 0.9% year-on-year decline.

Some smaller markets, including the UK and France, showed considerable growth, but the overall decline is said to be due to softer activity in Switzerland and Germany, with a dramatic fall in Turkey of 27%. The latter country is still reeling from the effects of terrorist activity and an attempted coup earlier in the summer.

It’s mainly private jet activity that has decreased. Turboprop activity has actually shown signs of growth, with prop-operated flights from Athens to Mykonos up 50%.

Farnborough, Ciampino and Cannes were the only three of Europe’s top 10 busiest airport not to experience a decrease in footfall. Nice, while remaining the continent’s busiest destination overall, declined 8%, and also suffered a summer terror attack.

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