While global business aviation flight activity remains strong, usage in November declined by 5.8 percent year-over-year according to the latest Argus Traqpak data.
For North America, activity in November was off by 6.5 percent compared to a year ago with all aircraft classes in the Part 135 and Part 91 segments reporting decreases. Overall Part 135 operations were down by 7.5 percent and Part 91 was down by 7.3 percent, while fractional operations saw a nearly one percent dip. In the latter category, turboprops and mid-size jets were the only aircraft segments to show improvement from a year ago.
As well, U.S. business aircraft activity for November decreased by 6.2 percent from the previous month, led by the New England region which experienced a nearly 21 percent drop month-to-month.
The report noted that European flight activity was off by more than 20 percent from last November. Though large-cabin jets had previously been an area of strength for the region, year-over-year they saw a nearly 40 percent drop in usage from November 2021.
Africa, Asia, Australia, and South America helped offset some of the declines with a combined more than 55,000 business aviation flights last month, an increase of 11 percent over October totals and the third straight month of increase. Overall activity in those regions was up by nearly 20 percent compared to a year ago.