Business aviation activity in the U.S., Canada, and the Caribbean fell for the second consecutive month after Part 135 flying declined for the 10th month in a row, according to the Argus TraqPaq report released this morning. Flight activity in these regions was down 0.6 percent year-over-year, missing Argus’s projection for 0.2 percent growth in March. It is similarly calling for 0.2 percent growth this month.
If there is a silver lining in the report, it’s the fact that fractional flying climbed 6.3 percent last month, while Part 91 activity eked out a 0.1 percent gain. Meanwhile, Part 135 activity marked a 3.9 percent loss last month, similar to the 4.2 percent year-over-year decline in this segment in February.
By aircraft segment, midsize jets recorded the only increase in activity during the month, up 1.7 percent, thanks solely to a 12.3 percent rise in fractional flying in this segment. Light jet activity led the declines, falling 2.7 percent year-over-year, followed by large-cabin jets (-2.4 percent) and turboprops (-0.3 percent).
The Southeast once again lead all U.S. regions in flight activity, accounting for a quarter (67,550) of the approximately 265,400 business aircraft departures recorded in North America last month, according to the Argus data. Next largest was the Southwestern-Pacific region, which logged 38,622 departures in March.