Jetex has seen business boom at its marquee VIP terminal at Dubai Al Maktoum International Airport (DWC) as Covid-19 has caused a dearth of first-class flights at UAE airline Emirates, which is today flying to only around half of the destinations it normally serves. “I expect the second half of 2020 to [see] 200 percent growth compared to [the same period] last year,” Jetex founder and CEO Adel Mardini told AIN.
He said he sometimes saw as many as 20 to 25 flights a day going through Jetex’s VIP Terminal since April. “I would say 70 percent of our new customers are coming from Emirates and Etihad’s first-class clientele. People who used to fly 10 times a year in first class are now flying three times by private jet—and it’s the same budget. The more airlines shut down, the more business will come to us,” Mardini said.