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.

Private Jet Fractional and Charter travel off to a strong start for Memorial Day weekend

Memorial Day private jet travel

Comparing Argus private jet flying from this year to Memorial Day 2019 shows the strongest rebound data yet

Expectations that private jet travel will lead the recovery of air travel continued at the start of this holiday weekend.

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. 

FlyExclusive sets discounted pricing for JetSuite jet card customers

FlyExclusive jet card

The private jet charter operator launched its first jet card program last week

Light jet hourly rates are as low as $3,096 for SuiteKey customers, based on their balances when JetSuite entered Chapter 11

North Carolina-based Part 135 private jet charter operator FlyExclusive is making an offer to JetSuite’s SuiteKey customers impacted by its bankruptcy.

Jet Card programs make pricing and policy updates in response to COVID-19

compare jet cards 2020

Both the Coronavirus pandemic and the CARES Act waiving the 7.5% Federal Excise Tax are impacting jet membership costs and terms

To say the past month and a half has been a roller coaster for private aviation would be an understatement.

March started with high hopes. A spike in requests from first-timers who wanted to get to second homes or relocate family members kept activity close to normal.

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