Private jet travellers are spoilt for choice when it comes to airports in Europe.
There are over 3,000 which private jets can use – versus around 300 used by airlines. The airport options for private jets range from large international hubs (private jet users use FBOs or private terminals at these) to tiny remote airports, and those dedicated to private jets only.
But which private jet airports are the busiest in Europe?
Below is the Top 20 private jet airports in Europe, based on the number of flight movements (ie a take off or a landing) that took place there by private jets in 2014.
There are significant seasonal fluctuations at some of Europe’s airports. Some burst into life during Europe’s summer peak, such as Ibiza airport or Olbia aiport in Sardinia, but have a quieter winter. Others are the opposite, seeing a huge surge in winter for ski travellers such as Chambery or Sion, but see much lower demand levels in the warmer months.
But those featured in the list below see significant demand all year round.
Paris Le Bourget was the busiest private jet airport airport in Europe last year – as it has been for many years now. With over 50,000 movements, the dedicated private jet airport is quite some way ahead of the rest. 2014 was an important year for Le Bourget as it celebrated its centenary. See 20 facts about Paris Le Bourget.
But when it comes to Europe’s most popular cities, London came out on top. Five London airports feature in the Top 20, with a combined total of 82,946 flight movements. The highest rated is London Luton at number three, but London Farnborough, London Biggin Hill, London Oxford and London RAF Northolt also feature. The UK was one of the strongest performing markets for business aviation in Europe in 2014, and this reflects that. See London’s private jet airports.
Geneva is second place, and the city pairing of private jet flights between Paris and Geneva is the most popular routing flight for PrivateFly’s clients, year round. Geneva is a key business aviation destination but is also used by leisure travellers, particularly during the ski season.
Nice Cote D’Azur is in third place. If you were to look at monthly ratings, Nice would beat Le Bourget into second place during one or two of the summer months. The airport soars in popularity during the Monaco Grand Prix and Cannes Film Festival (as does near neighbour Cannes Mandelieu, at no 13). But Nice is an important destination all year around and sits in the top 10 any month of the year.
Europe’s Top 20 airports for private jets 2014