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Aircraft charter in high demand, says Victor

1 September 2020

April French Furnell

Aircraft charter has been in high demand this summer, with airline capacity reduced and an unusually high number of new bookers favouring the safety, efficiency, and fewer touch points of private aviation. Charterers benefit from use of the private terminal for check-in and security and control over who they share the aircraft with, as well as the capability to fly direct to their end destination. All Victor customers fly 200% carbon offset, mandated by the company as part of its industry-leading and award-winning sustainability strategy.

Victor reports that clients are booking with a shorter lead time this summer. In August 2020, 88% of Victor’s departures from the U.K. were taking off less than one month after the booking, versus 73% in August 2019. Flights are often with as little as 48 hours’ notice and COVID measures are carefully implemented on all bookings. Since the outbreak of COVID, all passengers must complete a passenger locator form prior to departure, and some countries complete spot check COVID tests upon arrival.

Departing from the U.K. (largely Biggin Hill and Farnborough) for the August bank holiday, Victor’s top ten destinations were:

  1. France (26% of bookings)
  2. Spain (23%)
  3. Regional U.K. (12%)
  4. Italy (9%)
  5. Switzerland (6%)
  6. Greece (6%)
  7. Portugal (6%)
  8. Croatia (6%)
  9. Netherlands (3%)
  10. Ireland (3%)

 

The trending aircraft charter routes and destinations are typical for this time of year, however this summer a greater percentage of flights to the Balearics are for travel to second homes. In June and July 2020, 60% of Victor’s bookings to Ibiza and Mallorca were for homeowners or second homeowners on the islands. In June and July 2019 by comparison, fewer than 30% of the flights to Ibiza and Mallorca were for homeowners or second homeowners.

Victor is the world’s most environmentally responsible air charter company and the only aviation provider to carbon offset every flight by 200% at no extra cost to the flyer.

Victor membership is free to join. Each Victor member has their own dedicated account manager to deliver on demand aircraft charter. Prices from London to Nice for six passengers on a Citation XLS start from £14,000.

To become a Victor member, please visit www.flyvictor.com/join or call +44 (0)20 7384 8550

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