FlightAware's Special Event Flight Tracking
Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club
Since 1940, Augusta, Georgia, has been a destination spot for thousands of golf fans during the first week of April, as the Masters kicks off as the first major of the year.
During the seven days leading into the 2022 Masters Tournament (April 3 - April 9), fans and players migrated to Georgia for this year's Masters. The local airports near the tournament fielded the yearly rush, when over 3,400 business aviation jets arrived, increasing business aviation traffic by 221% from the previous seven-day period (March 27 - April 2).
On average, business aviation traffic in 2017, 2018, and 2019 increased 208% during the seven days leading into the yearly tournament, often starting three to four days before the men's round began.
In 2020, the Masters was postponed for six months due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The tournament was then held in November 2020 rather than early April. Augusta's National chairman also declared that the event would occur without patrons or guests for the first time since the tournament began in 1934. Business aviation traffic reflected the lack of spectators, showing a 16% increase during the seven days leading into the match, compared to the over 200% increase in previous years.
This year in 2022, business aviation soared past pre-pandemic numbers when over 3,400 business jets arrived at the local airports near Augusta National Golf Club.
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