A demand for private jets boomed as Indians who could afford it scrambled to escape a second coronavirus wave.
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India’s uber-rich are fleeing the country on private jets as new travel bans come into place. The country is currently battling a catastrophic second coronavirus wave. Local media reports say many people chose to fly to Dubai, which is close by. See more stories on Insider’s business page.
India’s ultra-rich are paying tens and thousands of dollars to escape the country as it set a new global record for daily coronavirus infections – for the fourth day in a row.
On Sunday, public health officials reported 349,691 new COVID-19 cases in the country, according to Sky News. They also reported 2,767 deaths, another daily record, as some nations announced they would implement travel restrictions on visitors from India.
The alarming numbers are prompting wealthy Indians to pay thousands for last-minute flights and private jets as travel restrictions come into place.
One popular destination seems to be the United Arab Emirates, which is only a short distance away from India and usually operates hundreds of flights there. It announced this week that it was barring the entry of travelers from India for 10 days from April 25, according to Gulf News.
A spokesman for charter company Air Charter Service India told AFP that the amount of interest in private jets has been “absolutely crazy.”
“We have 12 flights going to Dubai tomorrow and each flight is completely full,” the spokesman said Friday, according to The Economic Times.
Another private jet provider, Enthral Aviation, said it has been overwhelmed by hundreds of