New U.S. COVID-19 test requirements for international arrivals extend to private jets

COVID private jet travel trends

Passengers arriving in the U.S. by private jet after Jan. 26, 2021, will need to have COVID-19 testing documentation

Private jet travelers should pay attention to charter and jet card cancelation terms for international flights

Effective January 26, 2021, there are new COVID-19 related requirements for all air passengers arriving to the U.S. from a foreign country.

Flexjet to begin COVID testing for flight crews

Flexjet

The second-largest fractional fleet operator is testing its 830 flight crew members for COVID-19 before each tour of duty

Flexjet said in January it will begin to test flight crew members for COVID-19 before each tour of duty.

Singapore to open COVID ‘Travel Lane’ for private jet users

Singapore private jet bubble

Private jet users can visit Singapore for up to 14 days although they will be limited to a bubble located at Changi International Airport

Private aviation users will be able to visit Singapore from the second half of January according to multiple news reports.

COVID-19 Private Jet Trends: More pets, kids, and shorter booking windows

PrivateFly

COVID-19 is not only driving new customers, but more pets, kids and shorter lead times for private jet charter bookings, according to PrivateFly

More new customers, more pets, more kids, and shorter lead times for booking private jet charters. The COVID-19 pandemic has had a major impact on who and where for the private jet market, according to PrivateFly’s annual Private Jet Charter Trends 2020 report.

Private jet travel to lag pre-COVID levels through April 2021

Argus

While private jet flight numbers are expected to show impressive year-over-year gains from March 2021 onwards, they will still fall short of pre-pandemic levels, according to the latest Argus TRAQPak forecast

Argus TRAQPak’s forecast for the first four months is good news, relatively speaking. North American private jet flight hours are projected to increase by 21.6% in March 2021 on a year-over-year basis. In April 2021, Argus expects flight hours to surge by 194.9%

Charter and fractional private jet operators lead November results

Argus

Part 135 charter operators saw November year-over-year totals off by just 6.4% while fractional operators were down 14.5% and Part 91 flying was 24.1% below 2019

Argus TRAQPak analysts predict a year-over-year drop in private jet flights of 18.5% during December

The latest Argus TRAQPak monthly report shows Part 135 charter operators are continuing to see the strongest recovery.

How COVID impacted Thanksgiving private jet flights by day, state, busiest airports and international destinations

Thanksgiving private jet travel trends

Thanksgiving private jet flights were 7.6% off 2019 pre-COVID levels compared to 60% for the airlines, and there were big changes in when and where people were flying

The largest market for private jets, Florida, had a 13% increase, with Palm Beach flights increasing 87%

More private jet travelers flew the Saturday and Sunday before Thanksgiving

Mexico, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, St. Maarten, Bermuda, Costa Rica, and Jamaica saw increases in U.S. arrivals

While private jets remain the shining star of the gutted travel industry, Thanksgiving flights may have fallen short of expectations.

According to WingX, the extended Thanksgiving period, from Friday before the holiday through Monday after, saw 56,005 U.S. private jet departures, 7.6% below 2019 levels. Despite COVID-19, during the July 4th holiday, private flights increased by 5% year-over-year.

Still, by comparison, the recovery gap between private aviation and the airlines remains wide. The number of airline passengers passing through TSA checkpoints for that same period dropped by 60% to 10.5 million from 26.1 million.

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