It’s laborious to inform if last-minute COVID-19 closures and suggestions to not journey dampened the amount of personal aviation flights over the prolonged Thanksgiving vacation. Regardless of reaching near 2019 ranges, it’s unquestionable there was a whole lot of volatility as to the place the personal jets have been flying.
Information from WingX monitoring U.S. personal jet departures spanning the Friday earlier than the vacation by the Monday afterward discovered exercise down 7.6%. The variety of passengers transiting TSA checkpoints throughout the identical interval was off 60%. Nonetheless, executives from the world of the personal jets appeared to imagine, just like the July 4th vacation, they may see figures surge above final yr’s ranges.
Whereas that didn’t occur, behind the comparatively robust numbers have been all kinds of outcomes. In complete, there have been 56,005 departures. At one finish of the spectrum, departures from Palm Seashore Worldwide, the busiest airport throughout the interval, have been up 87%, averaging over 100 per day. Final yr’s primary, Teterboro Airport in New Jersey, well-liked with flyers who dwell in Manhattan, noticed flights fall 43% from 2,206 to 1,251. Of the 50 airports with essentially the most personal jet departures, 37 had swings of plus or minus 10 proportion factors.
Among the many prime 15, airports in Naples (fifth busiest) and Scottsdale (sixth) noticed beneficial properties of 30% whereas Centennial Airport (tenth) outdoors Denver was up 19%, Fort Lauderdale Government Airport(fifteenth) elevated 18%, and Miami-Opa locka Government Airport (seventh) jumped 17%. Las Vegas McCarran witnessed a drop of 26% in comparison with 2019, however nonetheless ranked eleventh busiest. Westchester County Airport (eighth) north of New York Metropolis fell 19% and Washington Dulles (14th) dropped 17%.
Florida, California, Texas lead 2020 personal jet exercise
Solely seven of the 50 states noticed a rise in personal jet flights. Florida was the busiest state, with departures rising from 8,613 to 9,710, a 13% improve. Second-place California noticed flights dip by 3% to six,661, flights in third place Texas dropped 7 factors, whereas fourth-ranked Georgia was down -1%, and New York, within the fifth spot, noticed a ten% decline. Behind them, sixth place Colorado noticed flights up 18%, New Jersey dropped from fourth to seventh on a 37% decline, staying simply forward of Arizona, the place flights elevated 15%. Illinois (9th) and North Carolina (10th) noticed departures minus 13% and minus 9%. Hawaii (forty second) noticed flights drop 23% to 206, about 19 per day.
Huge movers on the plus aspect included 40th ranked Wyoming, which had a 37% improve, and Utah (thirtieth) with a 15% achieve. Vermont fell from 50th to 51st (together with the District of Columbia) with simply 54 departures throughout the interval on a 49% decline. Rhode Island noticed a 41% lower, touchdown it within the 49th spot.
Mexico leads worldwide locations for personal jets
Additionally taking an enormous hit was journey to U.S. territories and overseas international locations. Flights decreased from 4,061 to three,127, a 23% drop. Mexico remained the preferred vacation spot welcoming 1,246 flights from the U.S., a 6% improve. Second place Canada held serve however witnessed a 50% decline in guests from the south. The Bahamas remained third in reputation regardless of a 33% drop whereas Turks and Caicos stayed fourth on a 12% decline.
Winners included Puerto Rico (5th on the checklist) with a 57% improve, the Dominican Republic (6th) up 10%, and St. Maarten (8th) with a 3% achieve. Bermuda moved into the 9th spot on a 50% surge and Costa Rica in 10th on a 27% improve.
Flight to the U.Okay. plummeted from 108 to 26, a 76% drop. Flights from the U.S. to France have been down 79%, and Italy noticed its personal jet arrivals from the U.S. throughout the holidays go from 21 to only 4.
Throughout the interval, solely two of the 11 days noticed a rise in departures, the Saturday and Sunday earlier than Thanksgiving, maybe a sign that workplaces are nonetheless closed for a lot of.
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