This year could be a watershed for the industry, with 90 percent of FBOs expecting to see an increase in fuel service.
“This is the first time since we started the survey that more than 50 percent of the respondents experienced an increase in fuel sales over the previous year,” noted Enticknap. “Although the benchmark numbers show a positive trend, nearly 30 percent of the FBOs participating in our recent survey had a decrease in sales. This is still a fractured marketplace that is showing some positive signs of recovery.” Looking ahead, more than 90 percent of the respondents to the survey said they expect to see the same or increased fuel sales this year compared to 2015, Jackson said. “If this forecast holds up, 2016 could prove to be a watershed year for the industry.”