Business Aviation Is Still on the Rise

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After three full weeks in November, business aviation was up 19% from 2019. The lifting of certain health restrictions has boosted transatlantic activities, among other things. In the United States, data excludes the four busiest days of the Thanksgiving holiday year. About a third of business airports in Uncle Sam’s country are still behind schedule compared to 2019.

November 2021 therefore tilts on to be the busiest month in US business aviation history. 67% of business jets are registered in the United States, so this has a big impact from a global perspective. Afterwards, Christmas and New Year’s Eve will take over to fuel industry around the world; all the signs point to an excellent end of the year.


According to WingX data, the arrival of the fifth wave of COVID-19 does not appear to affect business aviation in Europe. Austria and the Netherlands appear to be showing signs of slowing down. But both countries are still growing compared to 2019.

The revival of transatlantic flights has enabled the United Kingdom to overtake France. In November, Biggin Hill Airport recorded a 60% increase in business flights compared to 2019. The holiday season should therefore allow Europe to contribute to setting the new record in 2021.

The Upcoming Maintenance Blitz

The more planes fly and the more they will need to be maintained, it is a simple and easy-to-understand relationship. We can therefore expect a sharp increase in the demand for maintenance of business aircraft in the first months of 2022. Fleet operators have sharply increased the rate of use of their aircraft. Older planes are likely to need major overhauls. If demand does not hold up in early 2022, there could be scrapping. Otherwise, OEMs will do good business with after-sales service.

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