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BBC News America Coronavirus triggers boom in private jet inquiries

Image copyright Getty Images Private jet operators have seen a big spike in requests from passengers wanting to charter their own planes during the coronavirus outbreak.With airlines scaling back flights in and out of China, some travellers are stuck inside or outside the country.The wealthy ones are turning to private jet operators to ask them…

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Private jet operators have seen a big spike in requests from passengers wanting to charter their own planes during the coronavirus outbreak.With airlines scaling back flights in and out of China, some travellers are stuck inside or outside the country.The wealthy ones are turning to private jet operators to ask them to arrange flights, despite the huge costs.But the companies are having to turn them away due to travel bans and a lack of available planes and crews.Australia-based Darin Voyles, of Paramount Business Jets, said the firm had seen a ”considerable uptick” in requests, but the majority can’t be filled as they can’t get the crew or planes. “Many simply do not want to send their aircraft and crews into mainland China. Aside from the risk of exposure for the crews, the operational and business concern is that when they return from mainland China they will essentially be unable to work for two weeks as they will have to go into quarantine immediately.”Singapore-based MyJet Asia said it ha
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