While many Americans continue to spend the summer discovering their own backyard or packing up the car for socially distanced road trips, other American travelers have opted to indulge in a more premium form of domestic travel.
According to Air Charter Service, private air travel has reportedly seen an increase of 75% year-over-year during the spring and summer months, noting that while commercial flights are still struggling to return to some sense of normalcy, private air travel already places health, personal space, and hygiene as top level importance.
“We have been arranging private jet travel for existing clients as well as new clients who are looking for a better way to travel than commercial and more peace of mind,” said Richard Thompson, president of Air Charter Service Americas. “With the current pandemic, those who normally travel in first class commercially are elevating their experience with personal well-being in mind, especially for older clients who have more health concerns.”
While commercial airlines are working to improve their health and safety measures, the allure of a privately chartered flight during a global pandemic is hard to overlook: not only will travelers avoid busy airports, they’re also able to easily stay within their ‘bubble’ of close family and friends while planning for a socially distanced domestic vacation.
“It’s a more streamlined process to get from A to B, whether that’s for business or leisure,” explained Thompson, adding that, “the greatest number of private aircraft users are North Americans and half of our calls are from new customers.”
The appeal of a privately chartered flight is especially relevant for multi-generational families or smaller groups of friends that have chosen to isolate together while traveling to outdoor spaces, including wilderness areas or exclusive islands.
According to Thompson, some of the most popular destinations include Jackson Hole, Wyoming; Bozeman, MT and Aspen, Colorado, in which many travelers own a vacation home or plan to spend an extended vacation outside of the city, which makes chartering a one-off private flight a much more accessible solution for socially distanced travel.