CARES Act 2: New COVID relief should be open to private aviation

CARES Act 2 private aviation

Private jet operators should be able to tap into the estimated in $15 billion in air carrier support

The newest legislation to provide ongoing COVID-19 relief is estimated to have $15 billion for the airlines. According to a spokesperson for the National Business Aviation Association, that should incorporate Part 135 private jet operators and other companies related to business aviation.

(Updated Dec. 22 @ 7:22 am – A full copy of the HR 133 –  Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021, can be downloaded at the end of this story.)

FET tax holiday extension for private jet flights unlikely

FET tax holiday

A top executive from the National Business Aviation Association says don’t expect the Federal Excise Tax holiday to be extended

Congressional leaders in Washington D.C. are still trying to work out additional relief for companies and individuals impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Don’t expect an extension of the holiday for the 7.5% Federal Excise Tax (FET).

FlyExclusive spotlights how the Paycheck Protection Program saved jobs

FlyExclusive

A Triangle Business Journal profile of FlyExclusive shows the jet card and charter operator used the CARES Act’s PPP to set the table for its recovery

According to a report in the Triangle Business Journal, close to 300 jobs at Kinston, North Carolina-based FlyExclusive and related companies were saved by the CARES Act’s Paycheck Protection Program. That totals include 75 newly hired positions.

A look back at who received CARES Act Payroll Support Payments

CARES Act private aviation recipients

The Payroll Support Program under Division A, Title IV, Subtitle B of the CARES Act provided payroll support to passenger air carriers, cargo air carriers, and certain contractors for the continuation of payment of employee wages, salaries, and benefits. Here’s who got how much

It’s uncertain when there will be more government for the airline industry, and if so, will it extend to the private aviation side?

While the CARES Act payments have been widely credited for helping business jet operators get back on their feet quickly, they also have detractors, including NetJets, the largest private jets operator.

Clay Lacy, Jet Linx lead private jet CARES Act recipients

Clay Lacy

Clay Lacy Aviation received $26.9 million while Jet Linx Aviation was given $20 million, according to U.S. Treasury documents

NetJets, Wheels Up, Flexjet, XOJET Aviation and related companies were notably absent from the Treasury Department’s list of COVID-19 aide recipients

See the full list of aviation companies receiving CARES Act Coronavirus financial support

In a list dated April 27th, the U.S. Department of the Treasury published names of 96 companies receiving some of the $32 billion earmarked to preserve aviation jobs. The list includes both airlines and private jet operators.

The act specified grants needed to be based on payroll expenses from April 2019 through September 2019, subject to proration. Funds must be used for the continuation of payment of employee wages, salaries, and benefits. 

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