Demand for private jets to fly to Poland and Ukraine over the next week has soared now that the Euro 2012 football tournament has moved into the knockout stages.
With the jockeying and tactical manoeuvring of the group stages now resolved, the promise of the increased excitement that the knockout rounds will bring has fired the imagination of those football fans whose teams are still alive in the tournament.
Avolus, a company that provides private aviation and VIP transport worldwide, is one company that is benefiting from the increased enquiries. It has carried out research that shows that 80.5 percent of all business flights last month, from the 16 countries that qualified for the finals, were accounted for by seven of those countries that remain in the tournament. In May this year, of the 1,423 business flights attributable to the 16 countries that started the tournament, 1,145.7 were attributable to countries that are to compete the competition’s latter stages. France, Germany, England, Spain and Italy chartered the largest numbers of flights.
CEO and founder of Avolus, Alexis Grabar, said, ‘Some of the English football players’ partners who have flown to the Euro 2012 finals by private jet are not the only ones travelling to the tournament this way. A number of clients have chartered private jets to do this, and we expect a significant increase in this part of our business as the competition progresses. From a private jet perspective, the industry would probably hope for a France vs. Germany final as these two countries have the largest number of business flights.’
Of the countries still left in the tournament, France topped the business flights list last month with 326.9, Germany recorded 292.9, and England was third with 197.9.
Avolus provides a full range of private jet services worldwide for charter, and completes the service by providing helicopter and limousine transfers.