Private jet charters have been thriving during the pandemic, and for good reason: many travelers are turning their fears into opportunities to experience the convenience and privacy of private jets. It is a viable way to travel with respect to social distancing, and businesses of all sizes and industries should take note.
Even though many countries and states are starting to reopen their economies, commercial flights for Memorial Day weekend were only at about 12% of their normal volume. On the other end of the spectrum, private jet charters saw a 59% jump in business that same weekend, and numbers suggest that the uptick was not just a holiday fluke.
At Access Jet Group, we are seeing several trends when it comes to our current clientele. Many CEOs who have never flown private before (many of them from smaller companies) are choosing private jet travel because right now, it makes the most sense from a business standpoint.
Here’s how CEOs and other executives are making a business case for private jet travel during the pandemic and why the trend should continue once pandemic conditions have abated:
Personal Health = Company Health
CEOs often work from sunup to sundown, weekends, and holidays, and just about any time in between. Their expertise is in high demand, and the company’s success depends on having them available to make critical decisions.
These things, of course, are complicated when a CEO is forced to take time off due to illness. And with a virus as risky as COVID-19 that could leave a person hospitalized or in quarantine for two or more weeks, CEOs are not taking any unnecessary risks with their health.
Maintaining their own health and safety allows them to keep the health and safety of the company at the forefront. This is the main driver for many CEOs choosing private jet travel at this time, as they can limit their exposure to people and public spaces like airport terminals, security lines, and baggage claim. The entire plane is reserved for the CEO and anyone accompanying him or her, which significantly mitigates any health risks.
The Need to Be Discreet
CEOs are often tasked with several confidential responsibilities. Maybe one day they are jetting off to meet with a possible merger or acquisition. Or perhaps they are about to strike a deal with a major supplier they do not want their competitors to get wind of. Whatever the case, discretion is an important part of their daily role.
Regardless of whether a CEO has a famous face or not, private jet travel offers all the discretion you could ask for. Flying private allows you to drive right up to the aircraft and go from your car to your seat within minutes. Your personal concierge from Access Jet Group can also arrange luxury ground transportation and accommodations on your behalf so you can avoid stepping out in the public eye as much as possible.
Handling Personal Emergencies
CEOs are not immune from family emergencies or personal matters. The difference is that having to stop to attend to these matters, especially when circumstances take them out of the city, can put a major strain on their workload.
Private jet travel allows CEOs to take care of business away from the office without having a drastic impact on their availability. They can usually work on board the plane and land in smaller airports that get them closer to their destination.
Same-Day or Last-Minute Trips
Many C-suite executives conduct business outside of the office, often making round trips in a single workday. In some cases, you may have business needs that arise last minute and need a flight out of town as quickly as possible.
This is one area where private jet travel advantages are felt the most. Instead of being restricted to a predetermined flight schedule, private jets can often be booked on very little notice and work around your schedule. This prevents travelers from having to spend hours waiting in the airport on the next available flight and potentially having to leave before business is finished just to catch a flight back home.
Multiple Flights in a Short Time Span
It’s not uncommon for CEOs to have multiple engagements in multiple cities in a short time span. In some cases, they may take several flights in a single day! Private jet travel is inherently convenient and eliminates things like layovers, flight delays, and even missed flights. It’s an excellent way to stay on schedule and keep business going.
CEO Private Jet Travel with Access Jet Group
There’s no doubt that private jet travel for CEOs is becoming increasingly in demand, and given the current COVID-19 landscape, it’s not hard to see why. At Access Jet Group, we are your personal concierge for private air travel bookings, as well as other requests such as accommodations, ground transport, and all the other elements that will make your trip a success. Contact us to see exactly how we can help you and your business.