Luxaviation UK has reported a 30% increase in flight numbers for the period of May-September (figures to date) compared with the same period last year, and cites the music festival season as the most likely cause.
Popular UK events include Glastonbury, Reading and Leeds, and the Isle of Wight Festival, all of which pull in crowds numbering in the hundreds of thousands.
George Galanopoulos, managing director of Luxaviation UK, said, “Getting artists, their management and support teams from A to B at the height of the festival season in the UK and the rest of Europe accounts for nearly a quarter of our summer season business. There is always high demand for artists to perform at more than one event – often three or four in quick succession.
“This summer’s increase in music festival business is another positive indication of the UK’s business aviation industry taking an upward turn. In June, we reported a 15% increase in overall bookings versus June 2016. This increase has been consistent in July and August, highlighting what has been a very positive summer for us.”
Luxaviation UK’s fleet of 24 business aviation aircraft includes eight Embraer Legacy 600/650s, four Cessna Citation Excels, four Citation Mustangs and the recent addition of a Dassault Falcon 2000LXS.