European Business aviation traffic tracker (December 2020)

Using EUROCONTROL data, we have compiled the European Business aviation traffic figures for December 2020.

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

The year 2020 was the worst year in the civil aviation history. Analysis shows it is even worse than the 9/11 crisis in 2001 and the global economic crisis of 2008-2009. Compared to 2019, 2020 represents a loss of 160,000 flights (-25%) for European Business aviation, which is about an average of 450 less daily flights .

The month of April was marked by a loss of activity at -71% of its normal levels. Airlines have experienced an even more dramatic drop, with -90% of traffic during April and May 2020 (and remain at -55% in 2020). Business aviation returned to normal levels in the summer and then experienced a relapse in the autumn (around -20%).


Key learnings

  • The most affected region is UK-Ireland (-37.5% over the year) and the least affected is Northern Europe (-20% over the year).
  • The main airports have been unevenly affected by COVID19. Those depending on long haul – heavy jets and intercontinental connections were hit harder than others (Le Bourget – 38%, Farnborough – 36%, Roma Ciampino – 31%, Madrid Barajas – 40%, Barcelona – 40%, Amsterdam – 33%)
  • 2020 borders closures led to a change in flight profile in favour of domestic connections, which accounted for a majority of Business aviation flights in 2020.
  • Diplomatic Business aviation and medical Business aviation experienced much smaller declines in activity in 2020 (-10% and -2% respectively) than private and commercial Business aviation (-35% and -23% respectively).
  • The heaviest aircraft were more heavily impacted by COVID19. On the other hand, small-sized aircraft have been heavily solicited, particularly during the summer, when they were mainly used for charter flights.

​This traffic report is made possible thanks to EUROCONTROL data and the support of WingX.

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