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Engel & Völkers Aviation compiled a ranking of the most popular private jet routes in Euorpe. The ranking is based on data from the market research firm WINGX Advance on routes flown in 2016 by both privately owned aircraft and jets chartered for individual connections. Here are the results:


“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. The airport Paris-Le Bourget first came to prominence in 1927, when Charles Lindbergh landed there after his historic transatlantic solo crossing. In 2016, private jets flew this route a total of 1,647 times.” This route is used a lot by business people in particular,” he added. Not surprisingly, the return route ranked second.

Third and fourth place in the ranking are routes within France, namely from Aéroport Nice Côte d’Azur to Aéroport de Paris-Le Bourget (1,020 flights) and, in the return trip (974 flights). These flights 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 vacation home location for 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 centers. 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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