The Covid-19 outbreak has left thousands of people stranded since its beginnings in late 2019. With commercial aviation suffering cancellations and uncertainty, passengers were left with little to no options to return to their home countries in the midst of a global pandemic. Under this scenario, the flexibility of private aviation has come as a solution to many people around the world for a safe and swift return to their countries of origin.
A reliable trip home comes in the form of a repatriation flight, which is made possible thanks to the coordination between private jet companies and embassies around the globe. Embassies, especially in the United States, have opted for private aviation because of the high availability rates and diverse pool of aircraft to charter; different types of planes that adapt to the number of people in need of assistance, conditions of the closest terminal and runway to the destination, and operational costs.
Monarch Air Group, a private jet company based at Fort Lauderdale International Airport, has conducted numerous repatriation flights in the last months primarily from Latin America, working very closely with U.S. Embassies. “These embassies execute a terrific job helping people they don’t know, literally opening borders and allowing them to go home. We are very glad to have the opportunity of playing a key role in bringing entire families home safely, participating in this great synergy with embassies in different regions”, stated David Gitman, President of Monarch Air Group.
Private aviation’s role during Covid-19 goes beyond repatriation flights. With some cargo routes diminished due to the decrease of commercial operations, humanitarian missions transporting goods and supplies to affected regions have demonstrated the real value of private aviation, with conclusive evidence that luxury and business-led operations are just the tip of the iceberg for this segment.
In fact, humanitarian missions are part of the yearly range of services provided by private aviation. Pandemics aside, there are other crises, like earthquakes, forest fires and hurricanes, that will demand the transportation of supplies to isolated regions, usually locations that require special operational conditions for an aircraft, like smaller or even damaged airstrips. The large universe of available private aircraft adapts to any conditions, making private flight a true workhorse in times of disaster.
Along the same lines, Monarch Air Group reported that passengers have donated empty seats on their aircraft to let help stranded people go home safely, a praiseworthy gesture that is possible only within the realms of private aviation, connecting aircraft owners with people in need thanks to the coordination of specialized air charter solution companies.
Today’s uncertain times welcome stories that bring hope, like the option of repatriation and humanitarian flights, connecting families and getting them home safely. Although these operations won’t cause the coronavirus to come to an end, they grant a real solution amid a worldwide commercial aviation crisis that will take months, maybe even years, to bounce back.
Established in 2006, Monarch Air Group is a leading provider of on demand private jet charter, aircraft management and long-term aircraft lease. Among Monarch’s customers are Fortune 500 corporations, leading entrepreneurs, Government agencies and world leading NGO’s.