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European Private Jet Travel Enquiries Up 321% this June

Figures released today by Air Partner, a world leader in global private jet travel, show a 321% surge in enquiries received for private jet travel in Europe during June 2020 compared to the same period last year, as a raft of Covid-19 travel restrictions begin to ease including the introduction of air bridges and the expected lift of the 14-day quarantine for arrivals to the UK.

A growing number of travellers, including many who have never previously used private jets, are exploring the option of private travel due to safety concerns around commercial flights and airports, as well as limited availability of commercial flights in Europe. Private jet travel eliminates the need to share cabins or travel through busy commercial airports, as well as being able to guarantee thorough disinfecting of aircrafts between flights.

Air Partner, which has access to more than 7,000 aircraft, listed the most enquired about European destinations this June as Nice (France), Ibiza (Spain), Palma (Spain), Faro (Portugal) and Mykonos (Greece).

A one-off flight in a private four-passenger jet from Farnborough Airport in the UK to Nice can cost from* around £7,500, while Farnborough to Ibiza starts from £8,500. However, private jet flyers most commonly choose to purchase ‘Jet Cards’, which means they buy a set number of flying ‘hours’ to be used at their discretion. In June Air Partner saw double the number of enquiries for Jet Cards compared to the year before, as this offers flyers considerably more flexibility during these uncertain times.

Kevin McNaughton,Managing Director Charter at Air Partner, commented: “While many people are desperate to get away on holiday for the summer, safety is absolutely front of mind for travellers as they seek to protect the health of themselves and their loved ones when flying. We’re seeing a surge in private jet enquiries as this mode of travel can offer unique benefits around safety and convenience that commercial airlines simply cannot – regardless of what class you are travelling in. Flying in a private jet not only eliminates exposure to other unknown passengers on an aircraft but removes the risks and inconveniences that are unavoidable when moving through commercial airports. Plus, there are of course the added perks of private jet travel such as unparalleled comfort, luxury food and drink and exceptional service. All of this is attracting new customers to private jets and making them the preferred way to travel as Europe emerges from lockdown.”