European business aviation traffic was up 7.6% in May from a year earlier, continuing a positive trend in the previous six months, the European Business Aviation Association (EBAA) has reported.

“This further reinforces a strong start to 2017, with close to 7% growth in Q1 of this year,” said Brandon Mitchener, EBAA CEO, citing data provided by Eurocontrol. “Given that the summer is normally the peak season for business aviation traffic, we are hopeful that this marks a promising trend.”

The Eurocontrol traffic figures cover departures, arrivals, internals and overflights (DAIO) in the Single European Sky area. The May 2017 traffic level was 64,741 movements compared to about 60,000 movements on average for May for the previous five years (2012-2016).

Furthermore, with 5.6% year-on-year growth for the Jan-May 2017 period, this is the strongest showing for this period since 2006.

business aviation Europe May 2017
Chart shows Business Aviation flights across Europe for May 2017 (image: WingsX). Top: Embraer’s Phenom 100 is the busiest aircraft (image: Embraer).

WingX analysis
Analyst WingX-Advance confirms the EBAA’s positivity in the company’s latest Business Aviation Monitor newsletter. It highlights London, Nice, Stuttgart, Ibiza, Prague as having strong growth, though there’s a sharp decline in Milan.

Other key points:

  • On the last day of May, 52% of all flights were charter missions, 5% were special mission.
  • Flights from the UK to France were up 3.5% YOY, having increased in 8 of last 13 months.
  • The most popular aircraft in terms of movements is Embraer’s Phenom 100. Flights peaked at 884 departures this month, up 61% since May 2016.
  • Over 7,000 aircraft were handled during the month. 22,215 USG Jet A1 were uplifted.