European private jet charter operator GlobeAir has seen a 27% increase in bookings over the past three weeks, which it attributes to the spread of COVID-19.
The company noted that some airlines had cut back flights, and contended that business aviation flights feature far fewer touchpoints per journey (it estimated approximately 20 for business aviation versus 700 for commercial airline flights), also noting the lower passenger load per flight.
“We are registering a 27% year-on-year increase in bookings over the past three weeks alone,” said Bernhard Fragner, CEO of GlobeAir.
Just recently, however, GlobeAir was forced to suspend flights to and from Italy after the Italian government imposed a state of quarantine until 3 April 2020.
The operator makes onboard disinfectant kits available on all its flights. Pilots undergo strict medical checks before the start of each rotation, and GlobeAir is not assigning pilots who have visited Italy in the past 14 days, to any of its flights.
GlobeAir operates a fleet of 20 Cessna Citation Mustang aircraft, each with a club-four layout. Its services are available 24/7 all over Europe. Charter rates start from €4,200, empty legs from €590.