Private Air Travel Offers a Higher Level of COVID-19 Prevention
There are more reasons than ever before for air travelers to avoid crowded airports. A few traditional reasons like crowded airports, tight seating and traveling with strangers have moved to the top of the list. In these unfortunate times with the present health circumstance, we stand ready to meet the increased demand that the risks of COVID-19 have brought to our service.
Impact of Coronavirus on Air Charter
The regulations surrounding domestic and international air travel continue to be updated at a frequent pace. We stay up-to-the-minute on the changes. If you are planning to travel and uncertain of any new rules, let us help you. Although the number of worldwide commercial flights have been reduced, the private air travel business has experienced a steady stream of increased business.
Health Organizations Urge Less Contact
Older adults and others that are considered high risk are securing flights on our aircraft as never before. When the risk of touching the wrong thing at a congested airport could turn into a long stay at the hospital, or worse, the passenger piece of mind on our planes is priceless.
Although passenger are still required to meet the TSA screening requirements, they do not have to stand in long lines at the airport, no shared bins, no walking without your shoes are some of the perks of flying private.
Customers can wait in a private terminal that may only include themselves and their party. Many executive airports or fixed base operators allow being driven right to the aircraft, so you can avoid the terminal entirely.
There are standard guidelines published by the World Health Organization for cleaning public areas at an airport and, of course, the aircraft themselves. With less traffic, fewer passengers, and a high crew to passenger ratio, there are fewer possibilities of cross-contamination when flying private than on most commercial aircraft.
Large commercial jet turnaround times, including cargo handling, galley servicing, and cabin cleaning, is less than one hour. Half this time, 26 minutes, is deplaning after arrival (source: boeing.com). The scheduled turnaround of our smaller, more meticulously cared for aircraft is often measured in hours, not minutes, there has always been more attention to details which ensures a higher standard of care.
What You Don’t See
In January, we reevaluated every step of our process of plane sterilization and facility cleanliness. Our business has always depended on a perfect customer safety record. We made sure every employee and crew member understood this safety standard extends to surface and airborne microorganisms as well. Then they received additional training.
We consulted with area experts to set the highest level of diligence for disinfecting our planes and facilities. The World Health Organization has set strict guidance. We reviewed compliance with this and took it steps further. Our practice is now to use the highest grade materials to sterilize and use maximum precautions for every step of the process. So when you board our aircraft, they have been cleaned and sanitized.
Leaving nothing to chance, our employees have access to free testing and top medical coverage. They have also received additional training — Everything from the basics of hygiene to CDC standards for working with the public. Should they not feel completely symptom free, have any suspicion of ill health, or contact with an infected person, they are to stay home and get care.
Opportunity for more self-care is afforded on private aircraft where there is no line to use the amply stocked lavatory, and And there are fewer restrictions regarding your carry one baggage than commercial airlines.
In the U.S., expectations are that the virus has or soon will reach the definition of a pandemic, and areas with COVID-19 outbreaks will increase as it spreads through regions and among populations.
Be a Responsible Traveler
When coughing or sneezing, covering your mouth and nose with a handkerchief or bent elbow will reduce the spread of any germs that may be present.
Washing your hands with soap and water at the terminal and in the aircraft is recommended to eliminate contaminants should they exist as a result of your unknowingly being sick yourself or having touched something where a microorganism transferred to your hands.
Maintain social distancing. The World Health Organization recommends at least three feet between you and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
Avoid bringing your hands to your face when possible. Viruses are known to enter through the mouth, nose, or eyes. If you don’t feel well, consider staying home. Seek medical attention and diagnosis if you have difficulty breathing, fever, or unexplained cough.
Until This Passes
Book early. There has been a dramatic increase in flyers choosing private aircraft for their travel plans. This helps you to have enough options to travel according to your preferred timing. Call us 24/7 to secure your safe and sanitary private jet charter at 844.778.2472 or request a quote here
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