In 2021, the national capital has overtaken other Asian cities as the primary centre for private aviation, according to research by consulting company Knight Frank.
The New Delhi-Dubai route emerged as the most popular in Asia among the 2,267 itineraries matched with New Delhi airport by charter flight operators in 2021, while the New Delhi-Jaipur route saw the greatest growth in the area, as per the study.
“Business aviation activity saw a sharp recovery in 2021, with a spectacular rebound in business jet demand in the second half of the year, as Covid-19 restrictions were lightened in the US and Europe,” Shishir Baijal, chairman and managing director at Knight Frank India stated. “Demand was especially evident for leisure travel, with surges during weekends and public holidays as well as around popular sports and lifestyle events.”
Globally, private aviation increased by 47%, with 3,320,471 charter flights recorded in 2021 compared to 2,258,407 in 2020. When compared to 2019, the rise was 7%. (3,102,437 flights).