March 16th, 2020 – As travel restrictions and quarantine recommendations continue to spread across the United States alongside COVID-19, the available options for air travel are becoming more limited. This is understandable given the latest recommendations provided by the CDC and the World Health Organization.
Airports have become a focal point of the spread of Coronavirus, with confirmed cases being reported at major airports. Some areas, including Alameda County in California, are also restricting movement to “essential travel”.
Due to the sharp decline in the demand for commercial flights, airlines have started canceling flights and reducing service. In addition to a massive reduction in capacity limiting the available routes, passengers are already experiencing excessive wait times, with some airports reporting delays of up to 6 or more hours for scheduled commercial service.
The risks of exposure don’t stop there, as once you’ve boarded the plane, you’ll be subjected to breathing the same recirculated air throughout your flight. For those looking to avoid exposing themselves to potential carriers of the virus, private air travel is in high demand.
Although the overall demand for travel has decreased, the need for travel is still the same. Especially after telling people to stay indoors for weeks at a time.
For business, personal, or medical reasons, people will still need to get from point A to point B over the coming weeks and months, whether it’s considered essential travel or not.
For those looking to minimize their exposure during the COVID-19 outbreak, private charter flights might be your best option.
Private flights provide the least exposure to other passengers, airport staff, and flight crew. Flights depart from private terminals that are often separate from the main commercial terminal. These passenger terminals are also known as “FBOs”, and offer VIP lounges, Wi-Fi connectivity, and other travel services.
Unlike shared flights that require a membership to purchase a seat on a private jet, private flights allow you to travel with only those you wish to travel with. They’re also available on-demand, and do not carry the upfront investment of memberships and jet cards.
Still, there are some concerns that come with any form of travel given the current circumstances, so we wanted to share a few steps that we’re taking to ensure our passengers are protected from any potential exposure.