Leading aircraft charter specialist, Air Charter Service, has reported that it is expecting this year to be the busiest year for charter flights to the Six Nations tournament and the company has been taking bookings since as far back as August.
Justin Bowman, ACS’s CEO, said: “Our offices have been booking charters for the competition since August and we already have more than 5,000 rugby fans scheduled on flights from France. With England and Wales in such fine form, winning their last few games, we are receiving more calls now and expect to book several more flights before the championship kicks off this weekend. Last year we booked almost 50 aircraft in total, including receiving calls after the tournament was underway, but the number is already higher for this year.
“We find every year that there simply aren’t enough scheduled flights to carry the many thousands of fans to the away ties that the nations face. Aside from the availability, one of the other main benefits of chartering an aircraft for the ties is that fans can complete a round trip in a weekend and be back home in time for Monday.
“It’s not just larger aircraft, such as Boeing B737s and Airbus A321s that we have booked – some people prefer to travel in style, flying by private jet to the games.”