With the pandemic and its multiple lockdowns, commercial flights have experienced a long, forced hiatus. If everything is slowly returning to normal, we are still far from the pre-Covid pace. At the same time, the number of private jet flights is taking off.
According to WingX, more than 4.2 million trips by private jets were recorded this year. VistaJet, one of the leaders in the market, even claims to have achieved historic results in the third quarter of 2021 with 9,000 more flight hours than in the same period in 2019. The vice president in charge of sales estimates a growth of 50 % of the number of customers between 2020 and 2021. Staggering figures.
Fly in a private jet to avoid the Covid-19
If the private jet sector is booming, it is notably “thanks” to the health crisis. With commercial airliners grounded for a long time, an alternative had to be found.
In addition, choosing to fly on your own would limit the risk of exposure to Covid-19 and contagion. Indeed, there would be only 20 to 30 potential contact points when traveling by private jet compared to nearly 700 when taking a commercial flight. The calculation is quickly done for people who can afford such luxury. Until then, only 10% of people able to fly in a private jet did so.
But choosing a private jet also saves time. The VistaJet executive says the average time between arriving at the airport and boarding the private jet is around ten minutes. This is nothing at all compared to the hours it takes to cross the various security and now sanitary barriers and join a commercial flight.
Finally, this expansion of the private aviation sector also seems to be justified by a lack of availability of certain commercial lines, closed following the health crisis.
However, these private flights are not for ordinary people. According to the vice president of VistaJet, the cost of such a flight is 25,000 euros per hour with a minimum of five hours. At 125,000 euros for a private jet flight, the bill is steep.
While global warming and ecology are at the heart of the debates, one can smile to know that private jets are experiencing a real golden age. Especially since it is often the general public who is entitled to moral lessons on its ecological impact …