The aviation industry has been devastated by the COVID-19 pandemic but the demand for private flights has soared in recent months.
A report in The Sunday Times in the UK has revealed that global business trips have fallen by 96 percent but the world’s wealthiest are still flying on private jets.
Bookings at global air services group, Air Partner, went up by 210 percent in May compared to the same month in 2019.
Mark Green, Business Director luxury private jet agent Volanteus, said, “Everything we’ve been doing is repatriation for large organizations…that have vast workforces working away from home – oil fields, cruise companies, hotel chains, we’ve been getting those passengers home.”
Green expects the boom in private flights to continue for the next 18 months as people avoid commercial flights and companies try to protect the health of their workers. He added, “People have a good reason to fly privately – [their] health.”