Flight Friday: Utilization—Commercial Aircraft Hours
This week’s Flight Friday looks at how the pandemic recovery compares to 2019, the last “normal” (base) year.
Overall annual flight hours for 2022 were just over 80% of 2019’s total hours. Cycles, by contrast, were just above 83% of 2019 totals, suggesting that the number of shorter flights are returning quicker than long haul flights, which doesn’t come as a huge surprise.
The data shows that from June 2022, flight hours have been above 80% of their equivalent month in 2019. This shows that while the market is recovering, it is not back to pre-pandemic levels.
The recent announcement of China removing its zero-COVID policy will in the short-term lead to a little more uncertainty in people's travel movements as China deals with the new wave of infections. Hopefully the longer term outlook for the aviation industry will look a little brighter, as China was the last large market to open up.
With global conflicts, geo-political tensions, supply chain and workforce issues, there shall remain a level of uncertainty within the industry, but as supply chain and workforce issues slowly begin to resolve over the coming months/quarters/year(s), then we shall see more clarity in the tracked aircraft data.
This data was put together using Aviation Week Network’s Tracked Aircraft Utilization tool - find out more.