Feast Not Famine: How the Downturn proved a Boon for Charter Airlines

Haphazard schedules. Unpredictable restrictions. Social distancing. Here’s how the same conditions that brought the aviation industry to its knees in 2020 allowed charter to flourish

Alliance Airlines CEO Lee Schofield in front of a Fokker F100. (Source: Alliance Airlines)

‘Groups that have seen the benefits of being on charter will see those work in the long term’

Much like the rest of the year, May wasn’t a particularly good time to be an employee in the aviation sector. French manufacturing giant Airbus announced cuts of 10,000 to its workforce, Anglo-German travel firm Tui said it would be axing 8,000 jobs, and Ryanair laid out plans to scrap 3,000. Back home, Qantas staff were more likely than not to be left in limbo – while, needless to say, those at Virgin Australia certainly were. 

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