As the summer holiday season approaches, the commercial aviation industry is faced with staff shortages and strikes across Europe affecting thousands of passengers with pent-up demand for travel.
The rise in private jet travel during the pandemic looks set to continue its trajectory, as people are more determined than ever to fly abroad for a summer holiday with minimal hassle and maximum hygiene.
Multi-generation families, groups of friends and two or three different families travelling together are increasingly looking at private jet options to ensure that a long-awaited milestone celebration or big summer holiday will take place without delays or cancellations.
Kevin MacNaughton, Managing Director, Charter, Air Partner Group, a Wheels Up company, says: “As people look forward to their long-awaited getaway this summer, we are seeing an increase in enquiries and bookings from those who would normally fly first-class on commercial airlines, as they explore different options for travel with minimal disruption.
“Compared to July 2019, enquiries are up 20%, reflecting greater awareness of private jet travel. Flying in and out of small airports with private terminals also ensures a safer way to travel with minimal touchpoints.
“We have seen a surge in enquiries about our JetCard, which is our membership programme, this can be beneficial for more regular flyers.
“Our clients are booking the best hotels and resorts along the Cote d’Azur with Nice and Cannes being the most popular destinations for jetting in and jetting out.
“New hotels on Palma de Mallorca, such as the Sant Francesc Hotel Singuar, are giving the sun worshipping jet set more reasons to visit this island.
“Sardinia remains the most popular Italian choice for its privacy and water sports, while Split in Croatia is becoming more well known amongst an elite yachting crowd and for those looking for a dose of culture, such as the marbled Roman remains of Diocletian’s Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.”