About Business aviation

What is Business aviation?

We all use many names: private jets, corporate aviation, air taxi and more recently, flying cars. One thing is for sure: Business aviation is flying smart.


We fly where others don’t

Business aviation is a specialised travel solution enabling people to meet face-to-face when time matters most. It allows passengers to have full control over their schedule and travel to at least 3 x more destinations in Europe than scheduled airlines. In the process, Business aviation connects many small European communities and local airports, improving connectivity across Europe.

Business aviation also provides life-saving air transportation in times of public need, including fire and rescue and medical evacuation services. It represents an essential transportation link for communities without scheduled airline service.

Did you know?

  • Business aviation represents 8% of European aviation traffic.
  • The global aviation industry produces around 2% of all man-made CO2 emissions. Business aviation accounts for 2% of those air transport emissions.
  • Business aviation employs 450,000 people in Europe (directly and indirectly), and generates €100 billion in economic output annually.
  • Business aviation connects 1,400 European airports, of which 900 are connected by business aviation operators only.
  • Business aviation operates 70 life-saving or medical flights per day (on average).

The Business aviation sector

European Business aviation is a dynamic sector that fosters technical innovation and sustainability improvements across the full value chain, from manufacturers to operators. Business aviation is a lifeline for communities, be it for medical transport or as a tool to help governments and businesses generate local economic development.

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Enabling regional development, competitiveness and connectivity

To continue our economic and smart mobility contributions to businesses and citizens in Europe, and to respond to the expectations of future generations, Business aviation is focused on:

  • Promotion of continuous sustainability improvements and environmental impact reduction. EBAA supports our members in getting ready for CORSIA and actively promotes our sector’s carbon-neutral growth targets by 2020. EBAA also encourages the development and adoption of Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) and introduced the “Business aviation Guide to the Use of Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF),” focused on raising awareness and adoption of available and sustainable aviation fuel options
  • Improved access to airports and airspace. Airline traffic is ever-increasing, and business aviation is the last in a long queue. The estimated doubling of overall air travel by 2035 will lead to further capacity constraints, which need to be addressed now.
  • Fair and proportionate regulation. One size does not fit all. Due to the unscheduled nature of business aviation, size of aircraft, and type of commercial enterprises behind the activity – many EBAA members are SMEs and family-owned businesses – our operations and our operators have specificities and safety concerns that need to be taken into consideration by policy-makers and regulators.

Business aviation and the climate crisis

The business aviation community has long been committed to reducing the environmental impact of its products and operations. Indeed, we have improved the fuel efficiency of our products 40% over the past 40 years.

Although the community has an excellent environmental record, it is resolved to do more. The Business aviation manufacturing and operating communities have jointly developed a programme in support of ICAO targets and are committed to contributing to the overall aviation goals called the Business Aviation Commitment on Climate Change (BACCC). To this end, the business aviation community committed to the following specific objectives;

  • Net-zero CO2 emissions by 2050;
  • 2% fuel improvements per year between 2010 and 2020;
  • And carbon-neutral growth by 2020.

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