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Why private jet operators have been soaring through the pandemic

Privacy, safety from the virus, the reduction of scheduled services and the need for people to travel for business, healthcare or pleasure have helped private jets fly high.

February 24, 2022 / 01:25 PM IST
Representative image.

Representative image.

While airlines were hit hard by Covid and are still limping back to normalcy, one aviation segment has been thriving ever since the pandemic hit the country: private jets.

Essentially a product of the pandemic when commercial flights were grounded, private jets have managed to retain their popularity even as the pandemic abates.

Those from the segment maintain there was always demand, albeit latent, for private jets in India. The world sat up and took notice of private jets as an option when Chinese families spent $20,000  per seat on a private jet to fly their children back home from the US. What did not come into the limelight was that a family from Guwahati booked a charter from Guwahati to Dubai for $75,000.

A shift in the wind