Scottsdale Airport is currently fourth in the world for business aviation departures. WingX, which tracks business aviation flight activity globally, shows Scottsdale Airport just below Palm Beach International, Teterboro and Miami-Opa Locka Executive airports through Feb. 14, outshining 2021 numbers by 39 percent. These airports all have more than one runway, which also makes Scottsdale Airport the busiest single runway airport. Seasonality changes will affect this ranking as we move out of the high season and other destinations experience their high season.
This early 2022 ranking is certainly driven by our “high season” with events like the Barrett Jackson Car Auction and the WM Phoenix Open. IFR operations is one of the best barometers for measuring business jet activity. Overall the airport experienced an average of 77 percent increase in business jet operations during these events alone:
• Barrett- Jackson – 2,042 IFR
• Phoenix Open – 1,831 IFR
This is a total of 3,873 IFR operations (business jets) during these two weeks. A typical week in peak season usually records about 1,094 IFR operations.
Watch video clip of the aircraft lineup during the Barrett-Jackson event.