General Aviation Is Alive And Well!

In the middle of March we went from spring-time busy to zero in a matter of days. The month of April was the slowest month for aviation I have seen in my career spanning four decades. We and most everyone else in the FBO business saw a 70-80% downturn in flight activity and fuel sales.

May was significantly better with 50-60% sales volume of what a normal May would be. Our regular transient customers started showing back up after a 6-8 week hiatus. It was encouraging to see friends we serve show back up.

June is looking even better as we get into the summer flying season. We could feel it picking up significantly over Memorial Day Weekend.

General and Business Aviation will recover quicker than the airline business. Travelers on private and chartered aircraft know each other so the risks are entirely different than flying in a full airliner.

I am proud of the job our people have done at our three FBOs to make the changes and adapt to a world with Covid-19. Through it all we kept on smiling and serving those who were flying.

Our team is grateful and wants to say thank you to our customers who continued to support us during a difficult time. You have been patient as we adapted our service to meet health safety guidelines and adjusted our hours to preserve our cash flow when it was painfully slow. You treated our people with respect as we all navigated through uncharted waters.

We don’t know where the recovery stops but we are committed to being here for our team and the aircraft owners and pilots we serve.

Allen Howell

Partner, Azure Flight Support

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