Wealthy flyers have been switching to private jets to avoid catching coronavirus from other passengers on commercial flights. Private jet operators and brokers reported an influx of business from customers hoping to book a flight with them for the first time amid the pandemic. Passengers pay a premium for an experience that allows them to drive straight onto the tarmac to catch a flight – rather than mingling with potential Covid-19 carriers inside the airport, reported the Financial Times. The number of commercial flights between September 1 and October 15 was halved this year because of Coronavirus travel restrictions, but the number of private flights only fell by 10 per cent in that period, according to aviation consultancy WingX. And in August there were more private flights than the same month last year. Adam Twidell, CEO of UK-based private jet travel provider PrivateFly, told MailOnline some 44 per cent of their flights were first-time customers. He said 20 per cent of customers this year were children – compared to 14 per cent last year – as families chose to fly private to keep themselves safe. Sales dropped off significantly under commercial airlines compared to a smaller decrease in private jet… Read full this story
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