NetJets Europe adds Middle East to ferry waiver zone
NetJets Europe has increased the zone in which aircraft positioning fees are not charged to include most of the Middle East.
It means that NetJets Europe’s fractional customers can now fly from the Middle East to anywhere in western or northern Europe without paying ferry fees. Ferry, or positioning fees, are charged by operators when an aircraft is flown empty either to pick up passengers or to return to the airport where it is based.
“The ferry waiver extension will streamline an already convenient, efficient travel option for European corporate executives and private individuals travelling to the Middle East,” said Eric Connor, chairman and CEO, NetJets Europe.
NetJets Europe flights to and from the Middle East grew by 9.2% in 2011, with demand in the United Arab Emirates rising by 24%.
“The Middle East is an increasingly vital destination for our customers and our aim is to ensure that they are able to do their business safely, efficiently and effectively. Face to face engagement is even more important in the Middle East than it is within Europe for sealing corporate deals, and yet commercial airlines are very poorly equipped for delivering access to some of the remote destinations our owners in the Energy and other sectors need,” says Connor.
NetJets Europe says the ferry waiver extension will provide customers with an average effective discount of between 15 and 30 per cent on their flights.