Fort Lauderdale private jet provider Monarch Air Group provides some insights on why the industry is flying high while commercial aviation is still grounded.
While the aviation industry is recovering slowly from the pandemic, it is safe to say that a vast number of commercial planes are still grounded. This is not the case with private aviation, which has registered a steady increase in demand.
Offering a reliable point-to-point service
Constant changes in travel restrictions since the beginning of the pandemic meant a hard time for travel planning, thus passengers turned to private aviation for a reliable option for their flights. Many gaps in the scheduled networks appeared overnight, and only private air companies had the operational capacity to step in and provide a solution.
Although worldwide passenger traffic dropped 66% last year through November, according to the International Air Transport Association, private jet operations fell only 11% in December, the best monthly performance since the pandemic started, as data from WingX indicates. Furthermore, the same data shows that traffic to and from Florida improved by 12% in December from 2019, with the Caribbean serving as another recurring destination.
Safety as the main driver for bookings
While health concerns and hefty travel restrictions have kept commercial aviation grounded, those who can afford to travel by private jet, thus avoiding crowded airports and getting exposed to the virus, are doing so at a similar pace to pre-Covid travel levels.
Private jets reduce chances of contamination thanks to a safer and swifter overall process that consists of arriving at the parking area of a private jet terminal and then going directly to a private lounge just steps away from the thoroughly sanitized private aircraft that will take you to your destination.
Furthermore, online pricing tools with live quotes like the one provided by Monarch Air Group have played a key role in the increased demand thanks to a user-centered booking experience.
New passengers are playing a major role
Once you try private there is no going back. With the headaches of commercial travel, many new passengers have been keen to experiencing private aviation. This is a huge win for the industry worldwide, because this increase in demand has helped reduce the gap left by the lack of business-related operations as previously mentioned.
Furthermore, companies will start sending their executives worldwide again, which means that private aviation might be in a better shape than before coronavirus, when considering the passengers that have jumped onboard and have no intentions to going back to commercial, in addition to the regular leisure and business operations in the market.
Overall, it is the reliability and safety provided by private aviation which has helped to maintain and, even in some cases, increase the demand of operations. While commercial travel disruption has no visible ending point, executive charter companies are ready to deliver a flexible travel solution to any corner in the world, offering passengers a truly unique customer-centric experience.