According to data from German business aviation consultancy WingX Advance, the total number of business aviation flights departing from Asia-Pacific airports between January 2021 and September 2021
was 77,051 – a 42.7% increase when compared to the same period in 2020.
When it came to the third quarter of 2021, the increase in flight activity after the COVID-19 pandemic continued. However, the year-on-year increase started to slow down from July 2021, which only saw an increase of 42.7% as the year-on-year increase in June 2021 was 71.3%. Overall, despite slowing, the increases during the period from January to September 2021 indicate that the recovery will continue into the fourth quarter of 2021.
During the third quarter of 2021, flight durations all saw growth when compared to the same period in 2020. The increase in flight duration was most obvious for flights between 30 minutes and one hour, as well as those more than five hours. This implies that the recovery of both short-distance and long-distance flights will continue to the fourth quarter of the year.
Total flight activitity between January and September 2021 saw huge growth when compared to the same period in 2020. The strict COVID-19 control and regulation policies led to the rise of domestic flights in 2021. The differences between domestic and international flights was 16% in 2020, whilst in 2021 it has dropped to just 8%. The rise of domestic flights will probably continue until the COVID-19 pandemic is under complete control worldwide.
Apart from Hong Kong, all other countries and regions saw a yearon- year rises. Without a doubt, India still ranked first with a yearon- year rise of 241%. On the other hand, Japan finally got rid of its continuous year-on-year drop during the first half of 2021, and has seen a huge boom in flight activity since the second quarter of 2021.
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