This briefing describes business aviation flights in Europe in 2010 and the outlook for the next years. It is thus a partial update to Business Aviation in Europe in 20091 and a synthesis of information which is mostly available on EUROCONTROL’s STATFOR interactive dashboard (SID2).
The main points are:
Business aviation was one of the strongest market segments in 2010, with flights growing by 5.5%. The big 3, France, Germany and UK all grew, with Germany growing at 8.1%. Turkish internal traffic was the individual flow that added most new business flights. The 19-seaters remained the busiest group of aircraft, but the 6-seaters added the most flights. In the medium-term we do not expect growth rates to be sustained at pre-crisis levels.
TRAFFIC IN 2010
In 2010, aviation in Europe pulled out of the economic downturn and began to climb again. The total number of flights in Europe (ESRA08) in 2010 was 9.5 million, an increase of 0.8% compared to 2009. However, this annual average masks a wide monthly variation, from -11% in the April ash-cloud crisis to +4% in October, at the end of a strong Summer and the start of a weaker Winter. Growth was driven mainly by low-cost carriers, which saw an increase of 6.9% compared to 2009.Though their growth slowed markedly at the end of the year, their market share climbed 1.3 points compared to 2009, to 22.1% of all flights (Error! Reference source not found.). Business aviation also contributed strongly to growth, bouncing back from 2009 with an increase of 5.5%; in particular they showed their flexibility during the ash crisis, being the least affected market segment. Overall, business aviation’s share of IFR flights climbed from 6.9% in 2009 to 7.3% in 2010.