AS TRAVEL RESTARTS, THE TOP 10 PRIVATE JET DESTINATIONS FOR UK TRAVELLERS THIS SUMMER

June 29, 2020

- Demand for private jet flights is on the rise this summer, including first time private flyers and families grouping up in ‘bubbles’ to charter an aircraft together

- PrivateFly’s analysis shows where they are heading, with Ibiza, Nice and Palma the most popular

Private jet demand from UK travellers looking to get away this summer is rising, with travel restrictions lifting, but many people unable or reluctant to take airline flights. And many taking private jets are doing so for the first time.

PrivateFly, a Directional Aviation company, reports that 65% of its flights are for new clients, rather than the 25% it usually sees. The company says it is also seeing a clear increase in leisure travellers looking to share the cost of a private flight, by grouping up with friends or extended families.

Adam Twidell, PrivateFly’s CEO commented: “Our enquiry levels have been very high for several weeks, but now this interest is converting to actual flights, with twice as many bookings in June than in May, and 90% of flight bookings for leisure travel.

“After so many weeks at home, UK clients are telling us they are desperate to get away but are reluctant to use airlines until the risk of COVID-19 has reduced significantly - particularly those who are older or in higher risk groups. They are prepared to spend more even if that means fewer trips throughout the year, for the greater control and social distancing that private jet travel brings.

“Now that two households can travel together, we are also seeing people looking to group together to share the cost of a private jet.”

PrivateFly offers on-demand charter of a whole aircraft, with typical one-way pricing for London to Palma in a 6-seater Nextant 400XTi at around £8,000; or £18,500 from London to Ibiza on a 13-seat Legacy 600.

These are the company’s top ten destinations for UK departures this summer (June – August):

1) Ibiza (Spain)
2) Nice Cote d’Azur (France)
3) Palma (Spain)
4) Malaga (Spain)
5) Faro (Portugal)
6) Dubai (UAE)
7) Mykonos (Greece)
8) Barcelona (Spain)
9) Paris (France)
10) Split (Croatia)

Adam Twidell continues: “The private jet industry is not yet back to normal levels, but we are seeing some very encouraging signs of recovery. And when air bridges between the UK and other countries are fully confirmed, we expect demand to increase further.”

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About PrivateFly:

PrivateFly is a leading booking platform for on-demand private jet charter and part of Directional Aviation. With thousands of accredited aircraft integrated worldwide, PrivateFly combines innovative technology with a team of aviation experts, available 24/7 - making it faster and easier to arrange a private jet, wherever and whenever you want to fly.

PrivateFly holds Argus Certified Broker and Wyvern Broker best practice accreditations and is a preferred partner of Virtuoso, the world's leading luxury travel network. Established in 2008, PrivateFly’s Global Headquarters are located in St Albans, UK while the US operation is headquartered in Boston.