European Business aviation traffic tracker (April 2021)

Using EUROCONTROL data, we have compiled the European Business aviation traffic figures for April 2021.

In this report, you will find detailed information on European Business aviation traffic, in a geographic and weekly breakdown.

A year ago, the European Aviation industry was in the eye of the COVID19 storm. At -71% of its normal levels, European Business Aviation was facing the worst drop in its history. Since, Business aviation has had trouble recovering.  After a rapid recovery through summer 2020, the industry has (up until now) stabilised around -20% of its normal levels. Some general trends exist; however, the state of the industry remains very disparate depending on the different countries, the different airports and the different routes (and several other factors).

Key learnings

  • April 2021 shows an obvious increase in activity compared to April 2020 but remains -18% compared with 2019 levels.  Year-to-date (from January to April), 2021 is now 10% above 2020, but remains -20% below 2019 (normal levels)
  • Although the majority of main Business aviation airports remain deeply impacted by the COVID19 crisis, few are now experiencing positive trends, with traffic levels above 2019 levels: Istanbul Atatürk (+26%), Palma de Mallorca (+34%), Malaga (+24%), Belgrade (+28%), Athens (+42%).
  • During the pandemic, Business aviation is driven by short distance, light airplane, commercial Business aviation. These new trends, observed since the start of the crisis, remain valid up until now.

This traffic report is made possible thanks to EUROCONTROL data and the support ofWingX.


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