There has been a huge increase in private jet bookings in Europe as a result of an increase in commercial flight delays and cancellations, and also security fears following the terrorist attacks earlier this year in mainland Europe.
Between May and August this year, Magnus Aviation, a UK-based private jet charter business, booked 40% more flights from London to France than the same period last year, and the corresponding increase in bookings from London to Belgium is 20%.
Analysis of industry data (1) by Magnus Aviation reveals that in August, the number of business aviation flights departing the UK was 2.1% higher than the same time last year. In July, there was 11.2% more private aviation flights from the UK to France when compared to 12 months earlier.
Further analysis (2) also reveals that the number of European flight delays and cancellations in July and August was around 28% higher than the same period in 2015.
James Armstrong, Head of Commercial Development at Magnus Aviation said: “We have definitely seen an increase in bookings since the recent terrorist attacks in mainland Europe and the rise in commercial flights being cancelled or delayed.
“The benefit of flying privately is that passengers often avoid the busy main terminals and fly in and out of dedicated business jet terminals with VIP lounge and handling. Some clients prefer to fly to and from these private terminals or avoid the main airports all together, therefore bypassing the bigger ones which could face heightened security risks.”
(1) Magnus Aviation’s analysis of WINGX data
(2) EUclaim reported that there was almost 4,500 cancelled or delayed flights in July and August this year, compared to around 3,500 in 2015 and 2014.