Monday, July 29, 2019

Where the Wealthy Go in Private Jets, From Bahamas to Barbados

A Gulfstream G500 at an exhibition in Orlando, Florida. Photographer: Mark Elias/Bloomberg

By Benjamin Stupples

Heatwaves and protests this month in New York, London and Hong Kong may have left some urbanites dreaming of weekend breaks on isolated beaches.

The fastest route to fulfilling those fantasies is by private jet, an exclusive mode of transport growing increasingly popular among the ranks of the super-rich.

Private jet flights climbed almost 10% last year, according to an analysis of 30 island destinations by real estate broker Knight Frank and aviation adviser WingX. Private jets flew to islands in the Americas almost 30,000 times, making them the world’s top hub for non-commercial aviation, led by the Bahamas, Puerto Rico and the Cayman Islands.  Read more >>