Coronavirus causes worldwide spike in private jet inquiries - plus how much a charter flight costs in SA

2020-02-19 08:45
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Why fly Economy Class when you can fly private, right? Well, as much as it's the ultimate way to fly, unfortunately its cost is exorbitant at best. Say, around $6 000 (R90 000) per hour.

Despite the cost, BBC reports that private jet companies have now reported that the coronavirus outbreak has triggered a boom in private jet inquiries across the world. Singapore-based airline, MyJet Asia has reportedly seen an increase of up to 80-90% just in the last month! 

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They report that more and more wealthy travellers are now planning to charter their own planes due to fears related to contracting this deadly virus from fellow passengers on commercial flights. 

On the other side of this, many inquiries are coming from within mainland China, from wealthy locals who are trying to get out of the country any way they can.

However, despite the inquiries, companies face many obstacles like travel bans and lack of planes and crew willing to enter certain affected areas. As a result, many of these private jet inquiries have been turned away as the companies say their hands are tied.

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What is the cost of a charter flight in SA?

In South Africa, prices are cheaper for once-off charters, and you can get 'Empty Legs' flights where a private jet has to fly back to its original destination but doesn't have any passengers.

On Luxury 77, you can hire a jet with eight seats from Johannesburg to Cape Town for around R70k one-way and around R180k return excluding VAT.

Really want to get out of your city for whatever reason, and in style, then this is probably the ultimate way to do so. 

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