Leading aircraft charter specialist, Air Charter Service, says that this month it has started booking aircraft in earnest for this summer’s European football championship, which are to be held in France.
The company has already booked more than twenty aircraft through its London office alone for groups to travel to the Championships, which start on June 10th. Justin Bowman, Group CEO, says: “As soon as the draw was announced on 12th December, people were on the phones, enquiring for teams, supporters, sponsors and the media. With new budgets coming into play this month and next, we now seeing a lot of those initial enquiries turning into bookings now.
“We often are kept very busy at major sports events, especially when the geographical locations of consecutive matches don’t seem to make sense. This year England’s first two games are more than 600 miles apart (more than ten hours’ drive on a coach) and then their third game another almost 500 miles. A lot of people will be looking at quicker methods of transport than on the roads. It was worse during the World Cup in Brazil – England’s first game was in the heart of the Amazon, in Manaus, and their second game was 2,500 miles away on the coast, in São Paulo.
“Having an office in Brazil proved invaluable in helping us obtain permissions and slots at the airports for that tournament and our French office will no doubt provide us with priceless assistance this summer.”
Bowman concluded: “We’ve already made a number of bookings this year and we expect a new wave of interest next month, as demands from travel agents and supporters’ groups is increasing.”