There were more business aircraft operations in the U.S. and Canada last month than the same month a year ago, according to a report Tuesday by Cincinnati-based aviation data firm Argus International.
Argus said it also is forecasting increases for October and the fourth quarter of 2015.
Argus said in its report that business aircraft flight activity increased 3 percent in September 2015 compared with September 2014, calling it a “September surge.”
And for the first nine months of 2015, business aircraft flight activity increased 2.2 percent compared with the same period in 2014, Argus said.
September business aviation activity increased the most among charter operations — 7 percent — while for individual operations the increase was a “solid” 1.4 percent, Argus said.
Among aircraft types, operations were highest among turboprops followed by large-cabin, midsize and light business jets, respectively, Argus said.
Argus said it expects business aviation activity in October to be up 2.7 percent compared with October 2014.
And it projects the fourth quarter will see a 3.5 percent increase in business aviation operations over the fourth quarter of 2015.
Increased business aircraft operations is an important measure because it portends greater fuel consumption and demand for maintenance services. It also is a closely watched measure by business aircraft manufacturers.