Forward-planning for summer trips by private jet

While in March and April we were focussed only on repatriations and other essential trips due to COVID-19, during May we’re seeing a clear shift. Clients are now starting to plan for private jet charter trips in the summer, when they hope and expect border and passenger restrictions to ease.

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While we’re not operating many flights at the moment, our enquiry levels are over 20% higher than they were this time last year – demonstrating that people want or need to travel, after many weeks of staying at home. We’re busy providing quotes and advice, and helping clients understand when and where they can fly – something which is changing very rapidly.

Many of the enquiries and forward-bookings we’re seeing are for travel to popular summer destinations. In addition to existing clients, they include those who are new to private aviation and are looking to avoid airline travel for the time being – for peace of mind on holidays and family trips, especially those with older or more vulnerable members of their group.

Private jet travel already allows much greater social-distancing that airlines, both in the air and at the airport. And additional measures are in place to protect passengers even further, including deep cleaning and disinfection before every flight, and new service protocols such as avoiding hand shakes with crew.

In general, travel restrictions are starting to ease carefully and slowly. Most European countries are focussing first on domestic tourism but some are now opening their borders to other countries. Here are some of the most popular countries and summer destinations for European private jet travel, and when you can expect to be able to fly there.

To speak to our Flight Team about your flight requirements now or for a future trip, call us (24/7) on 020 7100 6960 or contact us.

Croatia

 

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Croatia is now allowing EU nationals (including UK citizens until the end of 2020) to enter and leave the country for tourism (when confirmed by documents such as reservations) and domestic transportation within the country is now unrestricted.

Croatia has become increasingly popular as a tourist destination in recent years, with its famously-beautiful long coastline, historic sites, national parks and islands. Split is particularly popular with those combining a private flight with a yacht charter.

Italy

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Italy has announced it intends to open its border to EU tourists from June 3rd, with no quarantine requirements for those from Schengen area countries.

The most popular private jet destinations in Italy with travellers over the summer holiday period include the famously-beautiful Amalfi coast (served by Naples airport), the Italian Lakes (close to Milan); Olbia on the island of Sardinia; and Catania in Sicily.

Spain

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Currently flights to Spain are limited to Spanish citizens, permanent residents and others who meet their criteria for essential travel. A strict 14-day quarantine is in place for anyone entering the country. Statements from the government suggest that domestic travel within Spain will open up towards the end of June. And the tourism minister has stated that he hopes other European nationals will be able to travel to parts of Spain this summer.

Spain is usually very popular with private jet travellers from across Europe in the summer months thanks to its islands, beaches, golf courses and renowned gastronomy. The most popular destinations include Malaga, Mallorca, Menorca, Ibiza, the Canary Islands and the Costa Brava area.

France

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France has had some of the strictest travel restrictions in Europe, with entry only available for residents and their families, and others who meet criteria for essential travel. But the border with Germany is planned to open from 15 June and the French Prime Minister has stated that he hopes domestic tourism can resume in July and August.

The French Riviera is usually the most popular summer destination in France with private jet travellers from the North of France and internationally. Offering exclusive properties, stunning beaches and sailing opportunities, the area has a timeless VIP appeal unmatched by any other European destination. Private jet airport options in the area include Nice Cote d’Azur, Cannes Mandelieu, and Toulon-Hyeres or La Mole – which are both close to St Tropez.

Greece

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Greece is currently only allowing border entry to those who meet its criteria for essential travel, but that is forecast to change soon. Domestic travel, including to its islands is now possible, with hotels starting to open in June. The government have stated that they plan to open for international tourism (for travellers from around 20-25 countries) at the beginning of July without quarantine.

The Greek islands are the country’s biggest attraction in the summer, with Santorini, Mykonos and Corfu usually amongst the most popular destinations with private jet travellers.

Portugal

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Currently flights to Portugal are limited to Portuguese citizens and residents, along with other exceptions deemed as essential travel. A 14-day quarantine is being imposed in some regions. Domestic tourism is starting to open up, with the Algarve area opening golf courses, marinas and restaurants already (with strict protocols) and hotels to follow in June and July.

The Algarve’s Faro Airport is usually Portugal’s most popular with private jet travellers in the summer months. The region’s golf courses, excellent restaurants and famous beaches make it popular with tourists and second homeowners from across Europe.

The UK

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The United Kingdom is currently one of the most unrestricted countries for inbound travellers, with no limitations in place. However internal restrictions mean that restaurants, most hotels and tourist attractions are currently closed, with domestic travel restricted only to day trips. The government intends to bring in a 14-day quarantine for overseas visitors, except those from the Republic of Ireland and hopes to allow more domestic tourism later in the summer.

The UK is popular with private jet travellers, with London the most obvious attraction for its history and culture. But Scotland, and Cornwall are also popular summer destinations, offering famous scenery, golf courses and coastlines.

Switzerland

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Currently the Swiss borders are closed for flights other than for citizens, residents (including those of Liechenstein), and EU citizens travelling for work and other essential reasons. The country’s borders with France, Germany and Austria are planned to reopen fully from 15 June, with restaurants and bars also opening in June.

Switzerland is very popular with private jet travellers in the ski season of course, but travellers are also drawn to the country in the summer, thanks to its beautiful alpine scenery and famous lakes. Geneva and Zurich are the most popular airports with private jet travellers, followed by Basel, Sion and Bern.

Contact our team

To speak to our Flight Team about your flight requirements now or for a future trip, call us (24/7) on 020 7100 6960 or contact us.