Global aviation services group, Air Partner, has seen a spike in requests for private jet services the same weekend British Airways' travel chaos erupted.
“Enquiries for Air Partner’s private jet services have been up 76% compared to the same bank holiday weekend last year," says Julia Timms, Air Partner’s Group Marketing Director, adding that her staff have "worked over the weekend to support new equiries and help get them to their destinations at the last minute.”
The period is one of the busiest weekends of the UK holiday calendar, with people wishing to take advantage of the bank holiday and half term get away period.
“Many families had planned to go abroad for the bank holiday or half term holiday, and traditionally there are very few last minute seats available at this time of year – so some people have been turning to private aviation as an alternative,” says Timms.
"One client and his wife were separated from their two young daughters and nanny, when their original flight from London to France was cancelled. Air Partner arranged a charter as quickly as possible to reunite the family."
Barcelona, Lisbon, Nice, Palma and Faro were the most popular destinations inquired about, and clients preferred to travel out of private airports Biggin Hill and Farnborough in the UK.
“However, we’ve also seen some clients booking ahead for business trips next week, as they’re expecting the chaos to linger for a few days. One FTSE 100 CEO was unable to get from Geneva to Heathrow today on a commercial service, so called on us to charter an aircraft to Farnborough airport so that he could attend critical meetings."