Numbers Behind the Destinations… (part I)
by Adriana Bernal
When you think of the word ‘destination’, do you first think of the noun – destɪˈneɪʃn/ – the place to which a person or thing travels or is sent to? Or do you think of it as an adjective, denoting an attraction, place or event to which people are motivated to travel a fair distance?
Regardless of what comes to mind first – destinations – are without a doubt an essential part of travelling. Without destinations, the verb travel would most likely not exist.
Whether most of your travels onboard your jet are for work, pleasure, or a little bit of both, AirSprint’s most important mission is to fly you and your travel companions in the most efficient, comfortable, safe and enjoyable manner to each one of your desired destinations. As our 18th year came to a close we thought we’d take a moment to look back at some of the most popular travel destinations in 2018.
2018 OVERALL Travel SUMMARY
Calgary, Toronto and Kelowna topped the domestic charts with the highest number of AirSprint departures. U.S.-based departures were highest in the States of California, Greater New York and Florida – with Palm Springs, Teterboro and Palm Beach being the most popular airports in these three states. If we look at the airport ranking based strictly on number of departures, Teterboro, Palm Springs and Scottsdale topped the charts. Mexico took the top spot within the International Departures segment with destinations like Los Cabos, Puerto Vallarta and Cancun being the most popular.
Fleet Activity Statistics, based on Total Number of Departures from Dec. 12, 2017 thru Dec. 12, 2018.
For travellers who are curious about numbers behind some off-the-beaten-track destinations with airports which do not make it to the Top 10 based on departure volume, the states of Maine, North Carolina, Tennessee, Wisconsin and Hawaii’s 2018 departure numbers all increased by over 100%. Alaska welcomed 67% more Owners this year over last year.
Domestic airports which displayed a significant increase in departure volume include Grande Prairie, Alberta which took the top spot with a 168%+ increase in departures over 2017, followed by Lethbridge (97%+), Regina (95%+), Saint Hubert (80%) and Bromont (69%) in Quebec. Destinations in Mexico such as Cancun and Los Cabos saw over four times the volume of AirSprint traffic.
Increase percentage from Total Number of Airport Departures from Dec 12, 2016 thru Dec 12, 2017 vs. Dec 12, 2017 thru Dec. 12, 2018
Caribbean islands such as Turks & Caicos, Bahamas, Barbados, Sint Maarten and others are both within the reach of the Citation CJ2+ and CJ3+, as well as the Legacy 450.
Did you know that in the last few years, AirSprint Owners have visited destinations across Europe? The Legacy 450 has been to the UK, France, Iceland and Portugal. If you fancy tropical weather, Hawaii is quickly becoming a popular destination. Otherwise, countless Caribbean islands such as Turks & Caicos, Bahamas, Barbados, and Sint Maarten are all within the reach of the Citation CJ2+, CJ3+, as well as the Legacy 450.
Holiday + Easter Travel
Calgary, Toronto and Kelowna led the list of top 10 Canadian departures during the 2017 / 2018 holiday season as well as Easter / Spring Break. Staying in line with overall flight trends, the top-three U.S. destinations included California, Florida and Arizona.
U.S. airports which saw the most AirSprint traffic based on departures during this time were Palm Springs, Scottsdale and Teterboro.
Top Departures by Canadian Airport: Fleet Activity Statistics, based on Total Number of Canadian Airport Departures from Dec. 1, 2017 thru 2018. 2017-18 U.S. Holiday Travel: Fleet Activity Statistics, based on Total Number of U.S. Airport Departures from Dec. 1, 2017 thru Jan. 15, 2018. 2018 Easter Travel: Fleet Activity Statistics, based on Total Number of U.S. Airport Departures from Mar. 15 thru Apr. 15, 2018.
By the time summer time came around, we saw a slight shuffle in the order of the top 10 Canadian cities. Kelowna’s departure numbers put it on the second spot behind Calgary; both Victoria and Ottawa climbed up the charts.
Fleet Activity Statistics, based on Total Number of U.S. and Canadian Airport Departures from Jun. 21 thru Sept. 22, 2018 accordingly
DID YOU KNOW
For the last three years, the top-three spots, also based on number of summer departures are: Calgary, Kelowna and Toronto.
In 2016, the top-three Canadian airports by departure volume were Calgary, Kelowna and Toronto. The following year, Toronto climbed to the second spot with 188 Summer departures. In 2018, Kelowna reclaimed the second spot on the list.
Fleet Activity Statistics, based on Total Number of Canadian Airport Departures from Jun. 21 thru Sept. 22, 2016 thru 2018