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2021 is the new 2007

In mid June we were reporting volumes that we just slightly lower than we had seen in 2021. Two weeks later it is clear that we are now trending below last year's numbers for the air charter market.

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June charter volume trending under 2021

With two days of reporting to go, the month of June is clocking in with about 7,000 fewer charter hours (for the tails that we track) than in 2021. That represents a 5.1% decline YoY with a steeper decline in the most recent 7 day period.

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Volume Close to 2021 Levels

Looking at the past-two weeks, we are essentially at 2021 volume for the charter industry, with the data showing -2% MTD vs 2021.

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Flights not following the 2021 pattern

We have crossed into the month of June, which puts us in position to look back on the full month of May. What our data is showing us, is that the average daily charter hours flown for May 2022 dropped almost 10% when compared with April 2022.

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Flight and Fuel Insights

At a macro level the price of fuel is showing a drop over the first two weeks of May. As you can see in the charts below, the price per gallon dropped 10 cents from $4.59 to $4.49.

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Flight and Fuel Insights

Fuel price remains the top topic of interest with the folks whom I have been talking to.

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Demand is Resilient

The synopsis is that we are not seeing any sign of a drop in air charter volume despite widespread increases in fuel surcharges and a stock market that has been volatile.

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Update From NBAA S&D

Fuel price continues to be a significant topic of discussion for FBOs and operators alike. Trying to adjust the pricing for fuel itself and/or fuel surcharges has never been harder.

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Fuel Prices Climb - US hours remain strong

Today we look at the first two weeks worth of data for March. There is and has been a lot of dialog around Ukraine and in particular its impact / potential impact on Europe, and on the used aircraft market.

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TEB Posts Biggest YoY Gain

As the headline suggests, we saw a strong YoY volume increase for Teterboro. It topped the charts on a percentage basis with 69.3% more flights than in February 2021.

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Super Bowl Traffic Review

We're coming in off of Super Bowl weekend. We've seen in the past that when the big game is held in the home city for one of the teams, it has an impact on jet traffic to the game.

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A look at KFMY and KSRQ

You can see that for the industry, we're showing 14.9% above last January. Note that last January's volume was below January 2019, but within 60 days, the 2021 volume grew above 2019.

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+12.6% MTD vs 2021

At an industry level, volume is down from December as we would expect seasonally, but on a YoY basis volume is up double digits when compared with the same period in both 2021 and 2020.

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The Top 5 Routes of 2021

One question that comes up frequently is what the top private jet routes are, and whether they have changed much over time.

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