US flight activity down in June


Flight activity in June was down year-on-year as well as month-on-month in June 2018, according to the latest data released by flight-movements tracker Argus.

Across all operational categories in jets and turboprops there was a 0.1% decline in movements in June 2018 when compared to June 2017.

The steepest decline in categories was in fractional operations of large jets, which dropped by 21%. This was almost balanced out by Part 135 large-jet operations which increased by 11.5%.

Elsewhere declines were seen in light-jet fractional operations which were down by 6.3%. Fractional operations during the month showed a 0.7% decline, thanks largely to a 7.0% increase in mid-size jet movements.

Although the year-on-year decline was small overall, the month-on-month decline hit 2.6%.

Every category that Argus tracks — jets and turboprops — slid during the month, apart from Part 91 (Private) and fractional turboprop flights, which increased by 1.6% and 8.7% respectively.

Fractional large-cabin movements fell the most month on month, having dropped by 8.4%. This was followed by Part 135 light-jet flights and Part 91 mid-size jets which dipped by 4.6%.