The private jet industry felt shockwaves that mirrored the rest of the aviation sector at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, as we stated in a previous blog, the private sector is experiencing a promising rebound in recent months as it looks set to recover some of those losses. Wealthy leisure passengers (and lower income earners) have switched to private flights in order to reduce the risk of contracting COVID-19. This has however, come as a result of the lower costs now associated with flying private.
According to the latest data, international business arrivals are expected to decrease by 40% in 2020. This reduction in business travel will likely take a prolonged amount of time to regain pre-pandemic levels. Therefore, in order to combat this, private jet companies need to strengthen their focus on the growing leisure market while corporate travel remains bleak and somewhat unsafe.
The coronavirus pandemic may have stalled commercial air travel due to fears of safety and contracting the virus, but more people are getting on board with private jets.
At Flightserve, we’re seeing a rising demand from people worried about exposure on a commercial airplane or cramped terminals in the age of COVID-19. Let’s face it, nobody wants to contract the disease, especially when you’re on the move away from the safety of home.
The price for safety and peace of mind is priceless in our eyes. For the sake of safety and long-term health, paying extra isn’t a burden at all. We’re finding this to be the case as time progresses. More and more customers are choosing to fly with us, both for business and leisure. In the future, we hope consumers begin to understand the value of flying private, not just from a health point of view, but also from an efficiency perspective.
A recent survey found 72% of all respondents are flying privately to reduce possible exposure to COVID-19, including 87% of new or returning private aviation users and 63% of existing users. This strengthens are previous point, that new consumers are beginning to make the transition from commercial to private flights.
If you’re looking to travel privately, get in touch with the team at Flightserve and let us ensure you reach your next destination as safely as possible.