, 2022-12-22 18:16:01
Although there is a perception that private jets are only used by the rich and famous, more Australians are choosing to ditch commercial airlines and take more control over their travel.
- Some private jet operators have seen a 200 per cent increase in bookings when comparing 2019 to 2022
- More families are opting to hire charters for leisure travel
- Operators have had to source more aircraft and staff to keep up with demand
The trend comes against a backdrop of growing discontent with the big airlines, which reported record-low performance and sky-high ticket prices throughout 2022.
Air travel this year was defined by long snaking queues at airports, mass cancellations which left passengers stranded and countless stories of lost or missing baggage.
This meant more people were looking for an alternative and found it with private charters — which carried 40 per cent more passengers this year than during pre-COVID 2019.
According to the latest data from the Department of Transport, charter operators carried 319,837 people in September 2022 compared to 226,095 people in September 2019.
For a big operator such as Air Charter Service, this translated to a 235 per cent increase in bookings.
“I think our customer base has expanded to perhaps people that had the money beforehand but never thought to branch out and travel privately,” managing director Paul Crook told the ABC.
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