As U.S. private jet travel fell by close to 30%, the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic had a big impact on business aviation in Europe
Italy private aviation flights dropped by 70% in March
Business aviation departures from Europe were down by 34% in March 2020 compared to the previous year, according to data supplied by WINGX.
The Germany-based business aviation research firm said there were 17,800 fewer flights flown last month. Like in the U.S., declines have accelerated towards the end of the month. During the final days of March, flying was down close to 50%.
As airlines reduce flights, it will become more difficult to position pilots on short notice
Like with the airlines, drop in demand due to Coronavirus restrictions is leading some private jet operators to ground aircraft
Both London City Airport and London Heliport have closed for normal private aviation flights
NetJets, VistaJet affirm continued operations in Europe and worldwide
Booking a private jet charter flight in Europe may become more difficult in the coming weeks, especially on short notice. That’s the consensus of several executives from private jet operators and charter brokers who spoke to us. The silver lining is, it’s not a problem yet.
A story last week in Aviation International News was headlined, “BBGA Expects Full Bizav Fleet Grounding Soon in UK.”
The world’s largest private jet operator has released a summary of both precautions it is taking as well as current travel restrictions
As more and more airlines cut back on their flight schedules due to government restrictions and plummeting demand, NetJets and other private aviation providers continue to offer critical links in these challenging times.
In an update posted yesterday on its website, the world’s largest private jet operator wrote, “The COVID-19 pandemic has created a constantly changing landscape at NetJets. We will continue to issue operational updates as they become available, but we wanted to take a moment to provide reassurance that we are taking all necessary precautions to mitigate the spread of the virus and continue to keep our owners and our employees safe.”