Increases in delays, fares and waits at airport security checks are driving business users from scheduled flights to private jets. But image problems in the sector linger.
“The market driver currently is the growth in the charter market,” said Christoph Kohler, managing director of WINGX Advance, a business aviation consultant. Flights in this category accounted for nearly 60 percent of departures in Europe in the year to June.
Europe-wide, private plane departures were up 3.3 percent in the 12 months to June, and in Germany, 4.1 percent. Flights within Europe were up 3.5 percent in the year to June, while private flights to North America were down 7.8 percent.
Air Hamburg Private Jets registered an increase of nearly 20 percent in departures in the first half, as well as an increase in flight hours. That has enabled the Hamburg-based company to order seven brand-new Embraer Legacy 650E jets so far this year.