Private Air Travel Went Up By 75 Percent Amid Coronavirus Pandemic
During the start of the coronavirus pandemic, industry experts mused on the end of cheap travel.
It was an understandable conclusion, especially since the International Air Transport Association (IATA) estimated that there were over $314 billion losses in passenger revenue. Now, it's clear that the end of cheap travel is here to stay with several plane tickets on sale up for grabs.
Still, travel trends have shifted greatly with the wealthy opting for a more private experience as a mode of transportation. According to Air Charter Service, interest in private aircraft has increased by 75 percent year-after-year.
"We have been arranging private jet travel for existing clients as well as new clients who are looking for a better way to travel than commercial and more peace of mind. With the current pandemic, those who normally travel in first-class commercially are elevating their experience with personal well-being in mind, especially for older clients who have more health concerns," says Air Charter Service Americas president Richard Thompson.
The reason is clear, of course, as private air travel offers what people are looking for: health safety, personal space, and hygiene.
“Clients are arranging travel for their senior parents who have existing health concerns. Popular jet requests range from 12-seaters to accommodate an inner circle of friends and multi-generational families to aircraft able to fly at and upwards of ranges of 7,500 nautical miles. Many clients also utilize private aircraft to fly routes that cannot be flown on commercial flights,” the company says.