Through June 2020, global business aviation activity is trailing the comparable 2019 period by some 30%, more resilient than global scheduled flight activity which is down by almost 50% so far this year. According to WINGX weekly Global Market Tracker, during June, business aviation activity has continued to recover, ending the month with 28% fewer flights than in June 2019.
The North American market has had the largest rebound since the global slump in April, but recovery trends in the US have slowed this month.
In Europe the recovery rate in the second half of June has been stronger than in any other region, although full month activity trend still looks to be 40% behind last year. Flight activity in the UK and Spain is still way behind the norm, 60% under par for June. Business aviation flights in Italy are back to half-normal, and France is back at the top of the ranking as the busiest European market, flights down by 40%. Switzerland is back to 70% of usual activity, and Scandinavian countries are only down a quarter. Best performer is Germany, flight activity down by only 18% year on year this month.
Regions outside North America and Europe account for less than 10% of business aviation departures in June. Globally, the strength in recovery in activity continues to be inversely related to cabin size; ultra-long range business jets are flying 50% less, Heavy jets down 43%, Midsize declining by 33%, Super-Midsize by 28%, Light Jets by 22%, Very Light Jets by 19%. Turboprop flight recovery was robust in May and early June but has now tailed off, trending down by 28% in June YOY.