More private jet flights this Christmas in UK

Updated: December 18, 2009

Affluent British families are booking private jet flights to secure holiday plans. They are doing so to make sure that their plans are not disrupted by British Airways (BA) strikes.

The Air Charter Service (ACS) says that its private jet flight booking have doubled since details of a possible strike were revealed last Monday.

“Within 24 hours of the announcement we had already received our first bookings from disgruntled passengers vowing that the strike would not ruin Christmas for them,” explained Joel Fenn, Executive Jet Sales Director for ACS. “Even though British Airways says that customers are able to change their flights at no charge for later dates, this offers little consolation to families hoping for a Christmas break abroad, or individuals hoping to see loved ones.”

One of the planes that have been chartered since the strike was divulged is a Citation XLS aircraft, which has a 7-10 passenger capacity and a range of 1,500 miles.

The aircraft is commonly used for skiing trips in Europe for the holidays. ACS estimates one trip to cost around £5,300 for the entire plane.

“Chartering aircraft is more expensive than taking a normal plane so it isn’t an option for most people,” said Glen Phillips from the ACS. “However, we are finding that young affluent families who have planned to go skiing are not prepared to wait to find out whether the strike will go ahead.”

As of press time, the union representing BA and Unite are continuing to negotiate.

Source: MailOnline

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