Resumption of business, major events and a request for protected mobility and privacy that only a private flight can guarantee. For these reasons, business aviation flies high and not only in the US, which has always been “the nation of aviation”. Also in Europe, according to the association of operators Ebace, in the last three months there has been a 20% increase in movements, also confirmed by Eurocontrol, the body that manages air traffic in the Union and which records flights, distinguishing those commercial (all paid), scheduled, charter and general and business aviation connections. Always an economic indicator of rapid growth of national GDP, business aviation is also experiencing a good time in Italy: Sea Milano Prime, Linate and Malpensa handling operator, recorded a 55% increase in aviation traffic turnover compared to 2020 in a record summer season, and + 35% compared to the same period in 2019.
On a national basis it means a growth of the Italian market of 12% in July on 2019, as reported by the WingX portal. With an average of about 95 daily movements (take-offs and landings) and a peak of 140 movements on 12 July, when about 80 aircraft were parked in the 11 hangars and aprons managed by Milano Prime, the summer season confirmed the capacity attraction of Milan for both national and international traffic, which represented the landing place for 60% of the total number of flights arriving at the airports of the Peninsula. In this month of September, the numbers should grow further thanks to a series of events taking place in the Milan area, starting with the current Design Week and ending with the weekend dedicated to the Formula 1 Italian Grand Prix and at the matches of the Uefa Champions League, which will see the city teams AC Milan and FC Internazionale play.
By comparison with commercial aviation, private flights in Europe today are 8% of the total. Some factors contributed to the choice: a limited offer by commercial aviation, which in the world would have lost more than 60% of passengers; the protected environment of the cabin of business airplanes, where a limited number of people get on and which reveals the choice of large companies to let their executives travel; the possibility of reaching minor airports near final destinations without lengthy procedures in the terminals.
Then there is the possibility to book in tight deadlines if not at the last minute, which is impossible with scheduled flights; the increase in available short and very short-haul routes covered by small but very modern aircraft, such as the so-called Very Light Jets or modern turboprops, capable for example of bringing 2-4 people from London and Paris directly to the Lido of Venice, in Cannes or on the island of Elba. So there is the great participation in green innovation, with a considerable number of aeronautical startups that are working to achieve aviation emissions neutrality by 2050, and that in this way capitalize the investments of industrial groups that had not never approached this sector before. Finally, the rental of private jets for government and diplomatic needs is also growing, as it is possible to reduce the time of medical checks in the various countries and minimize the restrictions in force in individual countries.