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Charter flight demand rises 9% in Middle East this year

Russia and the CIS record largest increases in requests for private flights, says Avinode

Charter flight demand rises 9% in Middle East this year
Private Jet, Business Jet, Aviation

The number of requests made for private business charter flights within the Middle East rose nine percent in the year to November, according to data from Avinode.

Travel among wealthy Middle Eastern families is the key factor driving demand, Avinode said, with Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) cited as receiving the biggest increase in charter requests.

Requests to travel there from the Middle East were up 29 percent in the last 12 months, while demand to fly to Europe was up by 15 percent and demand for intra-Middle East flights increased by nine percent.

The rest of the world saw an average 19 percent increase in requests, the research said.

Avinode managing director Oliver King was quoted in aviation website FlightGlobal as saying: “The past 12 months have seen a healthy increase in both domestic and international flight requests for the Middle East region.

“The market is being led by confident leisure and long-haul family travel which is also driving an increase in heavy jets and VIP/ultra-long-range aircraft.”

Avinode also ranked the most popular types of aircraft within the Middle East, based on flight requests from the region for the year to October, it was reported.

The top five requests were for large-cabin aircraft including the Bombardier Challenger 604/605, the Embraer Legacy 600/650, Gulfstream G450 and the Bombardier Global 5000. The midsize Hawker 750 came fifth.

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