Delivering value and benefits to Europeans since 1927

Since the first Business Aviation aircraft took off in 1927, Business Aviation (or BizAv) has grown into a substantial contributor to the European economy. The sector connects distant and remote regions, spurs investment and business, and acts as an enabler for regional and national economic development. The numbers speak for themselves: BizAv accounts for almost 380,000 jobs (direct/indirect), EUR87 billion in output, significant time savings when compared to commercial aviation and provides critical connectivity across Europes’ cities and regions.

Commissioned by the European Business Aviation Association and undertaken by Booz Allen Hamilton in collaboration with Deutsches Zentrum furLuft and Raumfahrt, the European Business Aviation Economic Value & Business Benefits Report sets out a methodology, looks at themes and pulls data provided by a fresh research. The report divides into two parts:

  • Part 1 focuses on economic growth, business efficiencies and connectivity while outlining the contribution made by this vitally important sector to our communities, businesses and region.
  • Part 2 focuses on the specific contribution made to individual countries within Europe through engaging infographics and then concludes by doing the same for the entire region.

Here are just a few of its significant findings:

  • A total of some 374,000 European jobs are either directly or indirectly dependent on the European Business Aviation industry – a number exceeding the total number of jobs in Cyprus;
  • The industry represents EUR87 billion in Output, EUR32 billion in Gross Value Added, which equals the total Gross Added Value (GVA) of Latvia, and EUR25 billion spent in Salaries;
  • The effect of Business Aviation over the EU28 GVA is about 0.19%;
  • France, Switzerland, Germany and the UK are the main players in the sector, producing 76% of the total GVA of the industry;
  • Out of the above total, 192,000 of the sector’s jobs stem from the operation of business aircraft, i.e. jobs with aircraft operators, maintenance firms (MROs) and ground handlers/fixed-base operators (FBOs); and
  • Germany, the UK, Switzerland, Italy and France, are the key locations where business aircraft operate. They account for 57% of all direct, indirect and induced jobs in business aircraft operation. At the regional level, major centres for Business Aviation activities are Paris (Île-de-France), Greater London and Geneva.
  • For multi-trip Business Aviation itineraries (where Business Aviation users visit more than one destination in a given day), Business Aviation saved European businesses approximately EUR15 million in avoided overnight hotel nights per year.
  • On average, the productive work time for each employee utilising Business Aviation is increased by around 153 minutes per trip (representing an increase of about 150%) when compared with the productive work time available on a commercial flight.
  • Business Aviation in Europe serves 25,280 city or area pairs not connected by nonstop commercial flights (direct flights), which represent approximately 31% of total city pairs analysed in this study. In short, nearly 1 connection out of 3 is not connected by any direct commercial flight, meaning the connection wouldn’t exist without Business Aviation.
This report is critical in aiding stakeholders understand the myriad benefits Business Aviation delivers across Europe, to Europeans.