The surge in private jet charter demand during the pandemic created a sugar high for the industry. With reduced commercial flights available, people flocked to private jets. Now demand has leveled off but there are some sweet spots. For 2023 places like Southeast Florida and Dallas Love Field private jet charter rentals are growing again.
Right before Hurricane Idalia hit, there was another flurry of private jet activity from Florida. The lack of commercial flights had people scrambling, once again, for private jet charters. The Sunshine State still leads the nation with the most private jet traffic. West Palm Beach and Miami are the most active hubs.
Dallas appears to be positioned for steady growth. In fact, some data now shows it’s ranked the #2 or #3 top city for private jet flights.
Public charter operator Aero has expanded from the West Coast and opened a hub in Dallas. The opening comes as the company has raised additional investment capital. Part of the new funding is being used for the company’s market expansion. Aero is kind of a hybrid in the industry.
Long time luxury private jet rental company, InstaJet Charters, has also expanded, opening an office in Dallas.
InstaJet Charters is not like the typical private jet rental companies that have become more like commercial airlines. It seems that when someone is spending $20,000+ for a flight they want more than talking to a national call center. Corporate executives and upscale travelers like the personalized service of a single experienced person handling all the details and any concierge services. This requires local people on the ground.
The other change in the industry that occurred during the pandemic is with travel tour operators. When there was a shortage of commercial flights, these companies looked to private jets as the only available flights. Some have continued to offer private jet flights. A word of caution as these companies have little to no experience with private jets. So, always be sure you are dealing with someone who specializes in private jet charters.