August sets new record for EU activity
According to WINGX’s latest monthly business aviation monitor, August was the peak month so far in 2017, with 78,785 departures, logging a 5.5% increase year-over-year (YOY).
These numbers take the year-to-date (YTD) trend up to 3.3% – representing an additional 18,047 flights, when compared to 2016. “Overall, August-2017 was the busiest ever August for flight activity, exceeding August 2008 by 1.3%,” the WINGX Advance report reads.
Huge contributors to this record were countries such as France, UK, Italy and Spain, with France leading, but followed by double-digit increases in AOC activity in the UK, Italy, Spain and Switzerland. Germany was Europe’s second busiest market this month, with strongest growth coming in private flights. Another growth region was South-East Europe, with flights from Turkey going up by 14%, and Greece logging a growth of 19%. Whilst flights in Southern Europe grew more than 10% this month, activity in Eastern Europe was up by 6%, and flights into Europe from Russia increased by 5% YOY.
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Nice was the busiest single airport this month, with over 9% YOY growth, 16% in AOC traffic. London was the busiest city for business aviation aircraft activity.
“Business aviation activity in Europe is finally overhauling its pre-crisis peak, with flight volumes this month exceeding August 2008 by 1.5%,” comments WINGX Advance Managing Director Richard Koe. “The growth is clearly focused around flights in and out of Southern Europe, with activity [from those regions] up by more than 10% YOY.”