Despite Brexit, Air Partner says private jet travel to the U.K. is growing

By Doug Gollan, October 1, 2018

Air Partner’s jet card program starts at 10 hours and enables members to use funds for on-demand charter


Private jets chartered by European business travelers jumped nearly 10% during July and August compared to the same period in 2017, according to on-demand charter and jet card broker Air Partner. In a press release, Julia Timms, Air Partner’s Chief Marketing Officer, said, “Our latest figures seem to indicate there is continuing business confidence in the UK from European businesses, with bookings for private jet travel increasing by eight percent compared to the same time last year….We are also seeing continuing confidence in private jet travel as well as a subtle change in which sectors are flying for business reasons, showing private jet charter remains fiercely competitive for corporates.” 


She added, “Even with Brexit looming on the horizon, Air Partner remains perfectly positioned to offer a very strong alternative to traditional scheduled legacy carriers, with premium options as part of a bespoke traveling experience, providing unrivaled flexibility to even the most demanding of business travelers.”


Air Partner said it is seeing more private jet charters from IT, telecoms, pharmaceuticals, the music industry, oil and gas sectors, and the MICE market. There has also been an increase in corporate group charter for the meeting and incentives sector, especially for tech and pharmaceutical companies.


The top five U.K. airports for private jet flights by European business travelers were:


  1. Luton
  2. Farnborough
  3. Northolt
  4. Biggin Hill
  5. Manchester


Air Partner’s JetCard has been rated first for five consecutive years running in Europe and the USA, according to Conklin & de Decker, the aviation consultancy. The Air Partner jet card program offers both fixed one-way pricing and guaranteed availability with primary service areas in both Europe and the Continental U.S. Earlier this year it opened a west coast office to expand U.S. jet card sales.

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