Because the private jet industry is closely tied to domestic and international business travel, most of the popular private jet destinations are cities or countries that are major business hubs. These include Dubai, Tokyo, London, New York City, Long Island, Houston and California’s Silicon Valley. Important political places such as Geneva, France, Switzerland, and Washington D.C. factor in as well. Switzerland played an especially important role as a political destination in early 2015 when over 1700 private planes took flight to carry billionaires and world leaders to Davos for the annual World Economic Forum. This event alone was responsible for a 10 percent surge in air traffic for the period.
As commercial flights become increasingly inefficient, people are turning more to private jets, not only for business travel, but for leisure travel as well. Not only is commercial flight becoming more of a hassle, with reported delays in 2014 higher than they have been since 2008, but people’s travel itineraries are becoming increasingly more exotic, ambitious and varied. In 2015, there expected to be more private jet flights to popular European destinations like the Cote d’Azur, also known as the French Riveira, the Greek island of Crete, Tuscany, Bangkok, Bali, Sardinia and the French Alps. With this infographic, we outline some of the best takeaways from the aviation industry.