2022 was a record-breaking year for business aviation flights according to specialist analyst WINGX. A total of more than 5.5 million bizav flights were made in 2022 – 10% higher than 2021, 14.4% higher than pre-Covid 2019 and an astonishing 53% higher than mid-pandemic 2020.
Breaking down the figures by region provides some interesting insights and shows the relative strength of particular areas. North America recorded more than 2.8 million flights last year – just under 51% of the global tally. On the back of these figures, Teterboro Airport in New Jersey was confirmed as the busiest bizav airport in 2022. There were 600,000 bizjet flights in Europe last year – a 21% increase over 2021, 56% up on 2020 and 15% higher than pre-pandemic 2019. The rest of the world also reflected a 20% increase in activity over the previous year – a startling increase of 74% over 2020 and a striking 54% over 2019.
WINGX MD Richard Koe said: “December 2022 activity was down year-on-year but was still the second-busiest December on record and capped off a record year for global business aviation flights. The trajectory month-to-month has been downwards for the last six months in Europe, where demand may fall back to 2019 levels this year. The erosion from peak demand in the US has been more modest, and the market should sustain higher than pre-pandemic activity during 2023.”