Charter flights up 5% in May 2016

JetCharters has reported the number of charter flights in May 2016 was up more than five percent over the previous month, the company said.

The company said the increase is a sign the US economy is improving as business people fly when markets are good.

According to Argus International, overall business aviation activity increased 2.2 percent from May 2015 to May 2016. Part 135 flights were up 2.6 percent over the year before, and up 5.2 percent from one month before. Federal Aviation Regulation Part 135 refers to charter flights with 30 or fewer seats, whose operators are specially trained and certified to fly the public in aircraft that meet more safety regulations than general aviation aircraft. Unlike general aviation, Part 135 pilots are also required to have at least 1500 hours of flight experience.

According to the National Business Aviation Association, companies using business aircraft provide a greater return to shareholders. Many see business aviation activity as an indicator of the health of the overall economy. connects retail charter clients with more than 820 aircraft and 265 charter operators that service specific travel needs.