Memorial Day weekend fractional and charter private jet flights surged to 58% of 2019 levels

While airline passenger counts stayed at just 12% of last year’s holiday weekend, the private jet travel rebound continued

From the Wednesday prior to Memorial Day through Tuesday, the number of passengers who passed through TSA checkpoints hovered at just 12% of 2019 levels.

During the same period, fractional and charter operator flights surged to 58% of 2019 levels, continuing an upward trek. The data from Argus affirmed the rebound for private jet operators, which just last month had seen flying drop to just 20% of last year’s level as the Covid-19 stay-at-home orders ground travel to a virtual halt.

Privatejet.com sparks a second lawsuit

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Private jet charter broker Fly Victor and its CEO Clive Jackson are the subject of a second lawsuit by Don’t Look Media and Louis Spagnuolo

As the strobe light turns. After filing a lawsuit in June seeking $30 million from U.K.-based private jet charter broker Victor and its founder Clive Jackson over the privatejet.com domain, Don’t Look Media, LLC (DLM), and Louis Spagnuolo have filed a second lawsuit.

This time DLM is seeking $3 million. It alleges Jackson and others of “publicly and falsely accusing it of criminal behavior, and thereby destroying its business’ reputation.”

2019 private jet charter trends from PrivateFly

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On-demand charter broker and jet card seller PrivateFly has released a report detailing how, when and why its customers book their private flights

 

The U.K.-based company had expanded into the U.S. with its acquisition of Bird Dog Jet which brought with it a contract for the Virtuoso network of luxury travel agencies which generates over $25 billion in annual travel sales. In September PrivateFly was acquired by the Directional Aviation family, which includes Flexjet, Sentient Jet and Skyjet.

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