Magnus Aviation research shows rise in private jet flights


James Armstrong

Magnus Aviation says it has seen a big uptick in bookings as a result of increased commercial flight delays and cancellations. The company also says it is benefiting from increased security fears following terrorist attacks mainland Europe earlier in 2016.

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Between May and August this year, Magnus Aviation booked 40% more flights from London to France than the same period last year. London to Belgium saw a 20% rise.

The number of business aviation flights departing the UK was 2.1% higher than the same time last year. In July, there were 11.2% more private aviation flights from the UK to France when compared to 12 months earlier.

Further analysis also reveals that the number of European flight delays and cancellations in July and August was around 28% higher than the same period in 2015.

James Armstrong, head of commercial development at Magnus Aviation said: “We have definitely seen an increase in bookings since the recent terrorist attacks in mainland Europe and the rise in commercial flights being cancelled or delayed.”

“The benefit of flying privately is that passengers often avoid the busy main terminals and fly in and out of dedicated business jet terminals with VIP lounge and handling. Some clients prefer to fly to and from these private terminals or avoid the main airports all together, therefore bypassing the bigger ones which could face heightened security risks,” added Armstrong.