This year's World Economic Forum is set to be one of the most popular in history due to increased debate on the role of globalisation in ensuring a sustainable global economy. More than 2,500 business leaders and heads of state or governments will be in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland from 22-25 January to discuss the main agenda of globalisation and global power.
Many attendees traditionally arrive by private jet to avoid the disruption and delay of scheduled services, and Air Partner is therefore anticipating a spike in traffic at local airports during this period.
According to Air Partner and market intelligence company WingX, January 2018 saw 982 private jet departures to the eastern Swiss Alps, up nine per cent from the same period in 2017 and around 30 per cent more than in the average month. The closest airport to the remote mountain resort is St Gallen-Altenrhein, nestling in the eastern Swiss Alps. Travel time is just under an hour and a half drive from the exclusive event, though most of those attending will travel via Zurich airport. Air Partner also provides delegates with transfer by helicopter and private or chauffeured car to reach this remote location.
Chief marketing officer Julia Timms says: “For over 20 years Air Partner has been trusted by the world's elite and has flown political leaders and the leaders of FTSE 100 companies to the World Economic Forum each year. This year we expect to arrange a number of private jets to fly our clients to Switzerland to attend this incredibly prestigious event. Leaders of international organisations cannot afford to wait for scheduled services or experience any kind of disruption, and they know they can rely on us to ensure they are able to travel quickly and efficiently.”
The company discloses that a flight from London to Zurich should cost clients around $10,200 for a six-seater light jet, while those travelling from Paris can expect to pay around $9,000. Clients coming from New York should expect to pay around $114,500 for a 12-seater jet Global cabin aircraft. Air Partner's helicopter service from Zurich to Davos starts at $9,600.