Air Charter business travel impacted by Covid-19 Pandemic
Bluebird Aviation on Wednesday reported that Air Charter business travel has been drastically impacted by the Covid-19 Pandemic.
In a statement, the regional Airline indicated that many customers have opted to work from home and most business transactions moved online.
Air Charter simply means Air Taxi where an airline takes you to a destination, waits for you to transact your business and then flies you back.
According to Bluebird Aviation General Manager, Captain Hussein Mohammed, as people are working from home, the business segment has been affected in terms of those dedicated charter airlines.
“This Business segment has been drastically affected by virtue of the fact that you can transact business in a zoom meeting and electronically you can now transact business. So technology has evolved to an extent where you are able to transact business without having to go to a physical destination like Singapore or London”, said Captain Mohammed.
He added that the Air Charter Business are now down about 20 to 30 per cent as compared to 70 per cent pre-COVID times.
Medical Charter has also reduced drastically since most patients being transferred from point A to point B are COVID-19 positive.
“No airline wants to expose their staff, both cockpit and cabin crew to COVID. Most airlines want to first know the medical status of the passenger before they start the evacuation. Most of these cases are referred to airlines that are specially equipped for medical evacuation”, said Captain Mohamed.
However, he noted that the commercial airlines’ business travel has been enhanced to a little extent indicating that there is sufficient social distancing and more room in the business class for those who can afford it and want to fly,.