Private jet market booms as super-rich avoid commercial in fear of catching Covid

Private jets take off as the rich avoid Covid.

 

Soaring numbers of wealthy flyers have been switching to private jets to avoid catching Covid-19 from other passengers on commercial flights.

 

Several private jet operators and brokers have seenΒ a “sharp rise” in bookings in the last few months.

 

Not only do private jet passengers avoid sharing a plane with strangers, they also do not have to deal with airport terminals as they can often drive straight onto the tarmac to catch their flight.

 

In the month of August, private jet bookings surpassed 2019’s numbers, despite commercial flights seeing an almost 50% drop.

 

“Increased interest in private jet travel took off earlier this year, with enquiry levels double our usual volumes and flight bookings ahead of last year during the summer peak,” said Adam Twidell, CEO of UK-based private jet travel provider PrivateFly.

 

“Currently we remain ahead of last year in terms of flight sales.”

 

Hiring a 14-seat plane for a one-way trip from New York to London will typically cost you around $100,000.

 

Hotels have also found that wealthy customers are willing to pay more for extra privacy and space.

 

On Friday, InterContinental Hotels revealed that its suite-only brands had outperformed the rest of its portfolio by a large margin.