The coronavirus is leaving many travelers stranded due to travel bans. Upwards of 74 commercial airlines have cancelled flights due to the virus. Where are these travelers going? Flying private may be the answer. With more than 89,000 confirmed cases; travel bans, quarantines and evacuations are creating a surge in private aviation to avoid the coronavirus. While logistical challenges are a factor of the surge, demand is consequently increasing due to fear of exposure at commercial airports.
Private travel benefits many passengers. Convenience and time savings certainly play a role. In addition flying private serves as an alternative to cancelled commercial flights.
Demand similarly increased due to Chinese New Year. As a result more travelers are stuck either in China or unable to return home. The surge in private aviation to avoid coronavirus is not only affecting Asia. Flyers want to avoid high traffic areas. Airports are where transmission can be highest with international travelers carrying the virus. Many Festivals and theme parks have also experienced lower attendance.
Similarly media is playing a role in the surge. Increased reporting on the coronavirus has consequently created fear among the public. Hence more private and corporate groups are flying privately.