The 50 Most Popular Private Jet Routes in Europe

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Have you ever wondered what the most popular private jet routes in Europe are?

Flying by private jet provides you with the ultimate freedom. The freedom to fly wherever you want at a moment’s notice.

Naturally, however, there are some routes that prove more popular than others.

Here are the top 50 most popular private jet routes in Europe, with data provided by the EBAA.

The Most Popular Private Jet Routes in Europe

As you can see from the table below, the route from Paris Le Bourget to Geneva is by far the most popular private jet route.

On average, the flight between Le Bourget and Geneva takes place nearly ten times a day.

The route between Paris and Geneva takes just under one hour. Moreover, the price is reasonable when flying by VLJ (very light jet), such as a Cessna Citation Mustang, estimated to cost around €5,000 each way.

The second most popular European private jet route originates again from Paris Le Bourget. This time the destination is Nice Côte d’Azur.

The route from Paris Le Bourget to Nice Côte d’Azur takes around one and a half hours. Of course, this route is slightly more expensive than Paris to Geneva, with a one-way flight estimated to cost around €6,000 for a VLJ.

The difference between the most popular route and the second most popular route is quite significant. There are around 50% more movements for the former route than the latter.

Airport nameICAO CodeMovementsICAO CodeAirport name
Paris-Le BourgetLFPB3,622LSGGGeneva
Paris-Le BourgetLFPB2,374LFMNNice-Côte d'Azur
Nice-Côte d'AzurLFMN1,981UUWWMoscow Vnukovo
GenevaLSGG1,875LFMNNice-Côte d'Azur
Roma CiampinoLIRA1,611LIMLMilan Linate
London FarnboroughEGLF1,547LFPBParis-Le Bourget
Nice-Côte d'AzurLFMN1,453EGGWLondon Luton
Nice-Côte d'AzurLFMN1,408EGLFFarnborough
Paris-Le BourgetLFPB1,371EGGWLondon Luton
GenevaLSGG1,211EGLFFarnborough
Istanbul AtatürkLTBA1,149LTACAnkara Esenboğa
Paris-Le BourgetLFPB1,079LIMLMilan Linate
Oslo GardermoenENGM1,015ENVATrondheim Airport
London FarnboroughEGLF960EGNLBarrow Walney Island
TromsøENTC946ENATAlta
Madrid BarajasLEMD918LEBLBarcelona El Prat
London LutonEGGW914LSGGGeneva
Paris-Le BourgetLFPB908LFBDBordeaux-Mérignac
IbizaLEIB906LEPAPalma De Mallorca
Bordeaux-MérignacLFBD902LFPBParis-Le Bourget
ZürichLSZH896LFPBParis-Le Bourget
Athens InternationalLGAV867LGMKMikonos
Cannes-MandelieuLFMD865LFPBParis-Le Bourget
ZürichLSZH862LSGGGeneva
London Biggin HillEGKB854LFPBParis-Le Bourget
London FarnboroughEGLF836EGGWLondon Luton
Paris-Le BourgetLFPB824LFLYLyon-Bron
TromsøENTC812ENEVHarstad/Narvik
Nice-Côte d'AzurLFMN801LIMLMilan Linate
Prague RuzyněLKPR792LZIBBratislava M. R. Štefánik
Ankara EsenboğaLTAC786LTFJIstanbul Sabiha Gökçen
GenevaLSGG771LIMLMilan Linate
ZürichLSZH701LFMNNice-Côte d'Azur
MálagaLEMG689GEMLMelilla
TromsøENTC688ENBOBodø
Barcelona El PratLEBL683LEIBIbiza
BelgradeLYBE671LYPGPodgorica
London LutonEGGW653UUWWMoscow Vnukovo
GenevaLSGG645UUWWMoscow Vnukovo
Olbia Costa SmeraldaLIEO636LFMNNice-Côte d'Azur
Palma De MallorcaLEPA635LEMHMenorca
JerseyEGJJ628EGJBGuernsey
IbizaLEIB624LEVCValencia
Milan LinateLIML597LIEOOlbia Costa Smeralda
TromsøENTC588ENKRKirkenes
Amsterdam SchipholEHAM574LFPBParis-Le Bourget
London Biggin HillEGKB558LFMNNice-Côte d'Azur
IbizaLEIB558LFMNNice-Côte d'Azur
Roma CiampinoLIRA557LFMNNice-Côte d'Azur
Oslo GardermoenENGM556ENBRBergen

And then, rounding off the top three most popular private jet routes in Europe we, once again, originate from France.

The route of Nice Côte d’Azur to Moscow is the third most popular route.

This is a far more substantial route with a flight distance of nearly 1,400 nautical miles.

This would take a mid-size jet approximately 3 hours to complete the mission. The estimated one-way cost for this flight is in the €35,000 area for a midsize jet.

In order to calculate the flight distance, flight time, and more, be sure to try our private jet cost calculator tool.

The Most Popular Airports

When it comes to highlighting the most popular airports in terms of frequency, there are some clear winners.

Firstly, the most popular airport on this list (in terms of origin) is Paris Le Bourget.

This makes sense given the large market in France, along with the convenience of Paris Le Bourget.

When flying by private jet Le Bourget is simply the most convenient airport to arrive and depart from, being just 11 miles from the center of Paris.

However, if we look at the most popular city to depart from London is the winner.

On the airport origin side, there are seven occurrences of a London airport.

However, this is only once more than Paris Le Bourget. And, in London’s case, the movements are split between three of the main London airports for private jets – Biggin Hill, Farnborough, and Luton.

Biggin hill FBO private jet routes
Biggin Hill Airport FBO

Following on from this we see that Geneva, Nice, and Tromsø are all popular cities for private jets.

When determining why the answers are relatively clear.

Geneva is one of the crucial business hubs for Europe. And, after all, private jets are also referred to as business jets. This is their primary function.

Next up we have Nice, a popular holiday destination and the closest airport to Monaco – one of the wealthiest areas in Europe.

And finally, Tromsø. A city in the far north of Norway. Any other method of getting there, such as by car or boat, would be considerably slower than a jet.

Therefore, a mission up to Tromsø would provide ample time savings.

Paris Le Bourget

Paris Le Bourget is located just 11 miles from the center of Paris.

As seen from above, Paris Le Bourget is one of the most popular for private jets in Europe, with 53,686 private jet movements throughout 2018.

Out of these movements, 29% were domestic departures, 57% were European departures, with the final 14% being extra-Europe departures.

During 2018, 4th July was the busiest day, accounting for 263 movements. Whereas 31st December was the calmest day of the year, accounting for just 36 movements.

In terms of the airport itself, approximately 90% of flights are private jets. This is due to Paris Le Bourget being a bizav dedicated airport in terms of its traffic.

The airport is operated by Groupe ADP. Additionally, the ICAO code of Paris Le Bourget is LFPB Furthermore, the IATA code of Paris Le Bourget is LBG.

During 2018, the five most active aircraft departing and arriving from Paris Le Bourget were the Pilatus PC-12 (3,000 movements), Global Express (3,137 movements), Dassault Falcon 2000 (3,168 movements), Cessna Citation Mustang (3,675 movements), and Cessna Citation Excel / XLS (3,704 movements).

Additionally, the most popular private jet routes to and from Paris Le Bourget in 2018 were Lyon-Bron (824 flights), London Biggin Hill (854 flights), Cannes-Mandelieu (865 flights), Zürich (896 flights), Bordeaux-Merignac (908 flights), Milan Linate (1,079 flights), London Luton (1,371 flights), Farnborough (1,547 flights), Nice-Cote d-Azur (2,374 flights), and Geneva (3,622 flights).

Nice Côte d’Azur

Nice Côte d’Azur is located just 4 miles from the center of Nice and just 18 miles from Monaco.

As seen from above, Nice Côte d’Azur is one of the most popular for private jets in Europe, with 35,449 private jet movements throughout 2018.

Out of these movements, 16% were domestic departures, 67% were European departures, with the final 17% being extra-Europe departures.

During 2018, 3rd April was the busiest day, accounting for 12 movements. Whereas 28th May was the calmest day of the year, accounting for just 290 movements.

In terms of the airport itself, approximately 23.4% of flights are private jets. This is due to Nice Côte d’Azur being mixed in terms of its business aviation and commercial traffic.

The airport is operated by ACA – Aéroports de la Côte d’Azur. Additionally, the ICAO code of Nice Côte d’Azur is LFMN Furthermore, the IATA code of Nice Côte d’Azur is NCE.

During 2018, the five most active aircraft departing and arriving from Nice Côte d’Azur were the Challenger 600 series (1,577 movements), Challenger 300 series (2,020 movements), Legacy 600 series (2,206 movements), Global Express (2,562 movements), and Cessna Citation Excel / XLS (3,613 movements).

Additionally, the most popular routes to and from Nice Côte d’Azur in 2018 were Ibiza (558 flights), London Biggin Hill (558 flights), Olbia Costa Smeralda (636 flights), Zürich (701 flights), Milan Linate (801 flights), Farnborough (1,408 flights), London Luton (1,453 flights), Geneva (1,875 flights), Moscow Vnukovo (1,981 flights), and Paris-Le Bourget (2,374 flights).

Geneva

Geneva International is located just 4 miles from the center of Geneva.

As seen from above, Geneva International is one of the most popular for private jets in Europe, with 33,569 private jet movements throughout 2018.

Out of these movements, 7% were domestic departures, 82% were European departures, with the final 12% being extra-Europe departures.

During 2018, 7th March was the busiest day, accounting for 181 movements. Whereas 31st December was the calmest day of the year, accounting for just 17 movements.

In terms of the airport itself, approximately 17.7% of flights are private jets. This is due to Geneva International being mixed in terms of its business aviation and commercial traffic.

The airport is operated by the City of Geneva. Additionally, the ICAO code of Geneva International is LSGG Furthermore, the IATA code of Geneva International is GVA.

During 2018, the five most active aircraft departing and arriving from Geneva International were the Global Express (1,878 movements), Dassault-Falcon 2000 (2,167 movements), Embraer Phenom 300 (2,218 movements), Pilatus PC-12 (2,418 movements), and Cessna Citation Excel / XLS (2,824 movements).

Additionally, the most popular private jet routes to and from Geneva International in 2018 were Brussels Zaventem (406 flights), London Biggin Hill (487 flights), Cannes-Mandelieu (531 flights), Moscow Vnukovo (645 flights), Milan Linate (771 flights), Zürich (862 flights), London Luton (914 flights), Farnborough (1,211 flights), Nice-Côte d’Azur (1,875 flights), and Paris-Le Bourget (3,622 flights).

Rome Ciampino

Rome Ciampino is located just 9 miles from the center of Rome.

As seen from above, Rome Ciampino is one of the most popular for private jets in Europe, with 16,043 private jet movements throughout 2018.

Out of these movements, 52% were domestic departures, 38% were European departures, with the final 10% being extra-Europe departures.

During 2018, 22nd June was the busiest day, accounting for 82 movements. Whereas 1st January was the calmest day of the year, accounting for just 5 movements.

In terms of the airport itself, approximately 29.1% of flights are private jets. This is due to Rome Ciampino being mixed in terms of its business aviation and commercial traffic.

The airport is operated by Aeroporti di Roma. Additionally, the ICAO code of Rome Ciampino is LIRA Furthermore, the IATA code of Rome Ciampino is CIA.

During 2018, the five most active aircraft departing and arriving from Rome Ciampino were the Dassault-Falcon 50 (903 movements), Dassault-Falcon 2000 (1,133 movements), Cessna Citation Excel / XLS (1,154 movements), Piaggio-P-180 Avanti (1,464 movements), and Dassault-Falcon 900 (2,419 movements).

Additionally, the most popular routes to and from Rome Ciampino in 2018 were Genoa Cristoforo Colombo (244 flights), Verona Villafranca (272 flights), Geneva (279 flights), Turin (422 flights), Olbia Costa Smeralda (452 flights), Paris-Le Bourget (454 flights), Naples (503 flights), Falcone–Borsellino (530 flights), Nice-Côte d’Azur (557 flights), and Milan Linate (1,611 flights).

London Farnborough

Farnborough is located just 38 miles from the center of London.

As seen from above, Farnborough is one of the most popular for private jets in Europe, with 27916 private jet movements throughout 2018.

Out of these movements, 24% were domestic departures, 62% were European departures, with the final 15% being extra-Europe departures.

During 2018, 25th May was the busiest day, accounting for 180 movements. Whereas 25th December was the calmest day of the year, accounting for no movements.

In terms of the airport itself, approximately 90% of flights are private jets. This is due to Farnborough being bizav dedicated airport in terms of its traffic.

The airport is operated by TAG Farnborough Airport Ltd. Additionally, the ICAO code of Farnborough is EGLF Furthermore, the IATA code of Farnborough is FAB

During 2018, the five most active aircraft departing and arriving from Farnborough were the Challenger 600 series (1,448 movements), Dassault-Falcon 2000 (1,723 movements), Challenger 300 series (2,220 movements), Global Express (2,772 movements), and Cessna Citation Excel / XLS (2,824 movements).

Additionally, the most popular routes to and from Farnborough in 2018 were Jersey (365 flights), Milan Linate (365 flights), Dublin (392 flights), Moscow Vnukovo (463 flights), Zürich (503 flights), London Luton (836 flights), Barrow Walney Island (960 flights), Geneva (1,211 flights), Nice-Côte d’Azur (1,408 flights), and Paris-Le Bourget (1,547 flights).

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