LONDON – According to data from RadarBox.com, business jet travel continues its exponential rise in demand based on the seven-day rolling average of movements.
This rise in business jet travel started out in 2021 in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, especially when not as many airlines were providing flights at the time.
Without further ado, let’s get into the numbers…
For September 10-17, movements shot up 5.93% to 11,688 movements, which exceeds last year’s numbers, as well as pre-pandemic levels recorded at 9,367 movements.
In the week previous, September 3-10, around 11,311 movements were recorded, which was a rise of 1.58% compared to the same period last year but was far better than the 9,106 movements recorded in 2019.
Only recently has it actually hit the 11,000+ figure, which shows that this area of the industry is ascending to new heights, which will be welcomed by business jet manufacturers and airports.
Below, you can see a list of August’s numbers for business jet travel and how you can exactly see the rise that is being experienced:
- July 30-August 6 – 11,026 movements – 2.57% increase.
- August 6-13 – 11,095 movements – 1.55% increase.
- August 13-20 – 11,049 movements – 2.88% increase.
- August 20-27 – 10,872 movements – 0.59% increase.
- August 27-September 3 – 10,486 movements – 4.77% increase.
An Already Predicted View…
Business jet travel going on the rise has been a view predicted by many for quite some time now. Take ACI Jet in California as a useful case study last month:
ACI Jet, a Southern Californian-based business aviation solutions provider reports a positive swing in recent years, as business jet aviation usage grew substantially.
Over the past few years, the company has welcomed a new FBO (Fixed Based Operator) into its portfolio of services, with an $85 million FBO terminal and hangars at John Wayne Airport (KSNA) in Orange County, and a $20 million, 28,000sq.
Ft terminal with adjoining 25,000sq. Ft maintenance hangar at its main base at San Luis Obispo Regional Airport (KSLO).
There are currently 60 employees being hired by ACI Jet.
FBO being a crucial part of the business aviation world, its MRO services (Maintenance Repair and Overhaul) business is growing exponentially, which is in line with the growth of business aviation movements.
Dave Jensen, ACI Jet senior VP of aircraft maintenance, said in an interview with AIN (Aviation International News): “Prior to what the industry has been experiencing recently with growth, pre-pandemic, our goal was to be a larger supporter for Bombardier in California.”
“We saw that as an opportunity as both a management company and as an MRO to step into that field.”
“So, I think a lot of that was just building that reputation, getting the Bombardier ASF [authorization], really just building all our capabilities to be comparable to an OEM type facility or a larger facility like a Duncan or a West Star.”
It is companies like ACI Jet that require such maintenance needs to cope with the high demand that business jets are currently under. And that will be good news all around for the industry.