Bluebird Aviation is one of the leading regional airlines that has reported a slight rise in demand for its private charter flights since the outbreak of COVID-19 due to limited availability of commercial flights and health risks concerns.
In a press statement Bluebird Aviation General, Captain Hussein Mohammed, said while the usual private charterers have maintained their demand relatively reduced rate, some airlines have witnessed more demand for private charters from new customers.
He said: “Travellers are hesitant to utilize commercial flights and this has led to increased enquiries on private air charters. Whether its health risk concerns or just getting where you need to be, people and companies that have the means to fly privately, but had previously shunned it, are now looking at this alternative.”
The undeniable fact is that global outbreak of the novel Coronavirus (Covid-19) has brought the aviation sector to its knees.
This life threatening disease has prompted many countries to declare state of emergency forcing airlines to suspend passenger flights and cut down schedules significantly, leaving most airlines with capacities below 50 per cent.
The air charter aviation sub-sector has however, proven its ability to adjust in the past and in the current situation and supports the fight against Covid-19 with what it does best: transporting people and goods to where they are needed.
Captain Mohammed has however noted that aviation sector has demonstrated its ability to make changes and meet the provide service to people even as covid-19 pandemic continues to ravage livelihood.
“Charter flights have helped in medical evacuation, air lifting of medical equipment and staff, carriage of vaccines, repatriation of travellers and contributed to maintaining supply chains during the Covid-19 crisis,” said Captain Mohammed.
Scientists have found out that the headrest on a passenger seat has the most filth. It has been concluded that nearly half of the surfaces swabbed on airline flights contained levels of bacteria and yeast that could put a person at risk of infection.
This finding has further revealed that novel Coronavirus survives on surfaces for a while. Private charters have proven to be more safe compared to commercial flights given their limited exposure to numerous travellers.
“If you’re a person who may have flown privately a few times, or not at all, and never justified the time savings, privacy, efficiency, and pandemic exposure, the time is now to reconsider your travel plans,” said Captain Mohammed.