European and North American traffic levels continues to soften

The trend in business aircraft activity continues to soften compared to 2022. The latest data prepared by specialist analyst WingX, covering the period to 5 March shows overall traffic 6% down on the comparable period last year. It comes in the wake of the Super Bowl held on 12 February in Glendale, Arizona, which saw a 25% fall in bizjet traffic compared to 2022 in Los Angeles. But overall traffic remains well ahead of pre-pandemic 2019 tallies – 16% higher over the 1 January to 5 March perioded.

Drilling down by region, overall North American traffic in February was 12% higher than 2019 but 6% lower than 2022. There was also an interesting divergence between domestic and international US traffic. Domestic bizjet flights in February were 7% lower than last year, but 16% higher than pre-pandemic 2019. In contrast, international bizjet sectors to and from the US were 5% higher than 2022 and 14% greater than 2019.

Traffic levels in Europe have continued to slide compared to last year, with February figures 10% lower than the same period in 2022. It makes an interesting comparison with scheduled airline traffic in February, which was 25% higher than a year ago but 22% lower than 2019. If the Russian market is excluded from the data, there were 7% fewer European bizjet sectors in February 2023 than in February 2022 – but that figure remains 9% higher than 2019.

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