European Business aviation traffic tracker (October 2020)
Using EUROCONTROL data, we have compiled the European Business aviation traffic figures for October 2020.
In this report, you will find detailed information on European Business aviation traffic, in a geographic and weekly breakdown.
The business aviation sector was heavily impacted by the crisis from mid-March onwards, reducing activity by up to 76% around mid-April. We observed a slight upturn at the end of May, that was confirmed in June and accelerated over the summer.
October follows the negative trend initiated in September, but with no clear second dive. At the end of the month, Business aviation seems stabilized at -20% compared with October 2019. Though, with new lockdown measures being taken all over Europe at the end of October, we might see stronger effects in November. Over the 3 first quarters of 2020, Business aviation is -26% down compared with the same period in 2019.
- All 5 major markets (representing 50% of European Business aviation) are experiencing a negative trend in October.
- The impact of the pandemic must be taken on a case by case basis at the airport level. Some key airports nice such as Paris Le Bourget and Nice are -40% compared with 2019, while important airports such as Zurich, London Biggin Hill or Berlin Schönefeld are above the -20% mark.
- From May onwards, light/small & short haul Business aviation is driving the market, whereas heavy jets and long haul Business aviation remain the most impacted (still around -50% below 2019 levels at the end of October).