Choosing to fly private instead of commercial increases

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The number of people ditching commercial airlines and flying by private jet instead reached its highest level this summer since 2008.

Aviation specialist WingX Advance reports there were 78,785 private jet departures in August – a surge of 5.5 per cent compared with the same period in 2016.

Private jet booking platform PrivateFly report that as many as 20 per cent of its clients were flying off-commercial for the first time.

The average customer spend on prop aircraft was £7,480 while on jets that figure was typically £10,400.

Meanwhile long-range jet charters cost an average of £52,800. The average age of private flyers is just 38 – but over summer nearly a fifth were children under 16.