We have seen private flying boom, with the pandemic converting a percentage of commercial passengers to the private industry. Business jet take-offs and landings in the U.S are up 40% year-on-year.
As we transitioned from 2020 into 2021 it was obvious that the pandemic was far from over. With countries struggling to contain new variants and others experiencing second and third waves of infections many private jet passengers of those uncertain times are still using the industry in 2022 to keep themselves, their colleagues, friends, and family safe.
With the flight schedules of many commercial airlines disrupted and fewer appealing options available it’s no wonder why a certain percentage have made the switch.
Rapid changes to travel guidance for commercial passengers made 2021 an unstable year to book commercial air travel. Looking at figures from 2019, a large percent of UK residents booked their last main holiday 7 to 12 months in advance with only 12 percent booking less then a month in advance.
There is a reduced risk of a last-minute flight cancellation when using private air travel, private jets can also be extremely flexible, accommodating a shift in plans. Throughout the pandemic private passengers have enjoyed the freedom to bring a flight forward or rearrange a flight to a different destination on short notice.
Looking at the global picture, data shows that all types of air travel were initially left reeling by worldwide efforts against Covid-19, however business flights bounced back rapidly and since July 2021 have been operating at between 85% and 90% of their 2019 capacity. This trend is apparent in data from the US, the world’s largest market.
Private jets allow passengers to travel while limiting contact with other people on the flight and in the airport. A private jet passenger can expect to go through minimal touchpoints while getting to their flight however a passenger on a commercial flight will encounter up to 700, not limited to check in, security and boarding gates.
Holiday makers left confused by the commercial industry turned to the private industry, first-time leisure clients were able to avoid busy terminals while experiencing the luxury which comes with private travel.
The use of private aviation supports multiple industries and will continue to do so for many years to come, business leaders utilise the private jet industry to meet with clients or make deadlines by working with their team and attending meetings during their flight.
Companies and business executives appreciate the value of face-to-face connections, building long-term relationships which are only possible outside of our remote environment. In 2022 we may see private charter used to boost industries back to pre-covid levels.
It’s obvious to us that the events of the past two years have paved the way for this private aviation boom in 2022 and the team remain available 24/7 to assist with any quotations for actual or typical trips that you may have.