18 MAY 2020


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Article from BTNews 18 MAY 2020

Business aviation update

Biggin Hill stays open.

In spite of some high-profile flights global business jet aviation activity is down by 58% so far in May, compared to the same period of the month last year, according to US-based WingX`s weekly Global Market Tracker published today.

However this is a solid improvement on the 70% decline during April and reflects consistent increase in seven-day average daily activity since mid-April, which is now trending at 5,900 flights per day worldwide.  This contrasts with global scheduled airline activity, for which flights are down by 85%. Global cargo activity is the most resilient sector, down by ‘only’ 20% in May.#####

The North American business aviation market is dominant, with 53k sectors operated in May, 58% below normal, but representing 82% of global activity. Asia has a similar trend, 61% fewer flights but improved on 70% decline during April.

Oceania is the most resilient region, flights down by 34% in May. Flight activity in Europe is still stagnating at 66% below normal. Trends in Africa are down by 54%. Across all regions, business aviation has increased its share of total fixed wing activity from around 20% to 35%.

Biggin Hill remains open.  “As the only dedicated business aviation airport in London we have remained fully operational for essential flights as part of the national transport infrastructure.  That’s specifically for repatriation, medevac, cargo, essential business and airworthiness operations,” said Andy Patsalides, head of marketing.  “However, traffic has been very low since the outbreak of Covid-19 crisis and is down by 70% year-on-year.”



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