Argus: Business aviation flights, watches take off in 2021

According to the Argus International Business Aviation Review for 2021, after the surge in the second half of 2021, business aviation activity in North America exceeded the 2020 level by 40.9 percent and eclipsed the results before the 2019 pandemic by 7.2 percent. “We ended 2020 by saying it was a year unlike anything we had before, and now we are ending 2021 with the same thoughts, but drastically differently,” Argus said in its review of TraqPak data. for 2021, which tracks IFR business flights to North America.

While flight activity increased by almost 41 percent compared to the same period last year, flight hours also increased by 42.3 percent compared to 2020 and 10.3 percent compared to 2019. These gains occurred mainly in the second half of the year.

Slow January and February reduced flight activity in the first half by 1.2 percent compared to 2019, even as it increased by 42.8 percent compared to the first half of 2020, when much of the world was suspended in the early days of the pandemic. However, by March, flights had exceeded the 2019 level by 19, Argus said, noting that it was the start of nine consecutive months exceeding 2019 activity.

In 2021, the number of flights increased by 51 percent and hours – by 48.9 percent. Part 135 increased by 44 percent and hours – by 46.5 percent compared to 2020, while flights and hours in part 91 increased by 35.4 percent and 37 percent, respectively.

Argus, however, called Part 91 operations “working”, noting that it was the only one of three categories that did not exceed the 2019 level.

Aircraft with large saloons increased by 54.3 percent compared to the same period last year, while medium-sized aircraft rose by 48.3 percent and light aircraft by 41.4 percent. Meanwhile, medium-sized aircraft received the largest increase in the number of flights, an increase of 50.3 percent, followed by aircraft with a large cabin and light aircraft, which grew by 49.9 percent and 41.6 percent, respectively, compared to 2020.

Compared to 2020, the number of turboprop operations increased, but lagged behind its jet counterparts: flight activity improved by 28.1 percent and hours – by 28.6 percent.

Looking ahead, Argus noted that “business aviation, especially in North America, is in full swing,” and predicts that the flight time in 2022 will exceed the 2021 level by 9.5 percent. This will exceed the level of 2019 by 17.4 percent.

January is up 22 percent this year, and Argus forecasts a jump of 23.6 percent over the same period last year along with another improvement of 21.7 percent in March before growth gradually slowed for the rest of the year.

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