Routes between Geneva, Paris, Nice, Moscow, Rome and Milan rank among the busiest for private jet flights in Europe. This is the result of the current top 10 ranking of the most popular private jet connections in Europe, compiled by Engel & Völkers Aviation. The survey is based on data produced by the market research company WINGX Advance on the number of routes flown in 2016. This data includes flights both on board privately owned aircraft and jets chartered for individual connections.
The ranking: First to tenth place in summary
“The most frequented private jet route in Europe is from Aéroport International de Genève in Switzerland to Aéroport de Paris-Le Bourget in France,” said Bart Boury, CEO of Engel & Völkers Aviation. In 2016, private jets flew this route a total of 1,647 times. “This route is used a lot by business people in particular,” Bart Boury added. Ranked in second place is the route in the opposite direction, from Paris-Le Bourget to Geneva (1,571 flights). The airport Paris-Le Bourget came to prominence back in 1927, when Charles Lindbergh landed there after his historic transatlantic solo crossing.
Third and fourth place in the ranking are held by routes within France, namely from Aéroport Nice Côte d’Azur to Aéroport de Paris-Le Bourget (1,020 flights) and, in the reverse direction, from Paris-Le Bourget to Nice (974 flights). These connections are especially popular with French nationals who work in Paris and own a second home on the Côte d’Azur. “Of all the routes ranked in the top 10, the connection from Nice to Paris saw the biggest increase in flights compared to 2015 – by 16 percent in fact,” Bart Boury explained.
The French Riviera is also a desirable location for second homes among affluent Russian nationals. Accordingly, fifth and sixth place in the ranking are occupied by private jet flights from Nice airport to Vnukovo International Airport in Moscow (898 flights) and, in the other direction, from the Russian capital to Aéroport Nice Côte d’Azur (874 flights). The airport in Nice is the third-largest in France after Paris-Charles de Gaulle and Paris-Orly.
In seventh place is the inner Italian route from Aeroporto di Milano Linate to Aeroporto di Roma-Ciampino (850 flights). “The route from Milan to Rome is in demand as it connects Italy’s two financial centres. The private jet flights are therefore business-related flights in most cases,” said Bart Boury. The airport Roma-Ciampino opened back in 1916, making it one of the oldest airports in the world still in operation.
Eighth place in the ranking of Europe’s most popular private jet routes is the connection from Geneva airport to Aéroport Nice Côte d’Azur (815 flights). The route in the reverse direction – from Nice to Geneva – comes in ninth place at 813 flights. Aéroport International de Genève is the second largest airport in Switzerland after Zurich Airport. The route from Roma-Ciampino to Milano Linate makes the final place in the top 10 ranking, at 797 flights.
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