Business aviation traffic in Europe grew by 8.8% in August 2017 compared to August 2016. The means that business aviation traffic grew for a tenth consecutive month, according to the latest report from the European Business Aviation Association.
EBAA CEO Brandon Mitchener said: “Business aviation traffic figures turned in another stellar monthly performance last month, rising by nearly 9%, which is the strongest growth in August for 10 years.” Spain and Portugal are among the healthiest regions for traffic, while Croatia has jumped by 12.5%. The French internal market remained the biggest in Europe.
Dublin Airport set to handle more flights next summer
Dublin Airport is set to host as many as 730 flights per day next summer and at its peak could see up 47 flights taking off and landing in an hour. The airport is already the 15th busiest in Europe and with new services to Hong Kong and Canada, as well as increased services to the United States, it could reach over 30 million passengers in 2018.
There are fears that the average taxi-out time to a runway could increase as a result during peak times, but off-peak times delays would be less.The CAR said: “…where there is demand for additional movements, and these can be delivered without a substantial increase in delay, it is in the interests of users for us to declare increased capacity accordingly.”
US airlines are concerned that the UK is not moving fast enough to ensure passenger and cargo flights continue without disruption after Brexit.
Airlines for America, the aviation trade body, has said that traffic in both directions will be put at risk unless politicians focus on the impact of Brexit on the aviation industry. CEO Nick Calio commented: “The negotiations are moving slowly, we are very concerned about the timing.”
He added: “We are trying to imbue a sense of urgency and educate policymakers on both sides of the UK and EU that this needs to be dealt with and can’t be subject to what would be a series of political decisions.”
Airlines in China need more aircraft to keep up with demand
Comac has forecasted that Chinese airlines will need 8575 aircraft over the next 20 years to keep up with demand. Of those aircraft, single-aisle carriers will account for 64% and wide-bodies will make up 23%. Turboprops will take up the rest.
This would bring the total value of the aircraft required by Chinese carriers to around $121 billion.These predictions are based on the assumption that China continues to maintain steady economic growth over the next 20 years with an average annual growth rate of 5.2%.
It’s also expected that the global fleet size will reach 45,376, which is nearly double the current number of 21,662.