Heavy Metal Coming to Davos, Switzerland

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Private Jet Movements at Davos Could Top 1,500

Four Airports expected to receive the planes

US experience with Super Bowl, Kentucky Derby could help


The four Swiss airports that serve the bulk of the annual World Economic Forum’s business jet traffic could see a nearly 15 percent increase in aircraft movements, said global charter provider Air Charter Service. Movements at the four-day event that begins tomorrow in Davos, Switzerland, could reach almost 1,500, ACS predicted, up from more than 1,300 last year.

Andy Christie, ACS’s private jets director, said working with WingX the companies looked at private jet activity over six days—including the day before WEF and the day after—at the airports that primarily serve the forum’s attendees: Zürich, Dübendorf, St. Gallen-Altenrhein, and St. Moritz. WingX and ACS looked at the data going back to 2013 to make their prediction for 2019.

Countries with the most arrivals and departures over the past five years are Germany, France, the UK, U.S., Russia, and UAE, respectively. Christie said there is a trend toward heavy jets, with Gulfstream GVs and Bombardier Global Expresses both being used more than 100 times each in 2018. “This is at least in part due to some of the long distances traveled, but also possibly due to business rivals not wanting to be seen to be outdone by one another,” he said.

The US’ experience with the Super Bowl, Kentucky Derby, Las Vegas fights and other mass events might cause the Swiss airports to recruit FBO parking attendants, wing walkers, fuelers and all of the skills needed to assure that these heavy metal planes are carefully aligned in the parking areas, ramps, tarmacs and hangars. A wing-to-wing bump costs millions as well as some furious, very wealthy and mega-powerful passengers.





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