Air Charter Travel, the UK-headquartered leading air charter broker was integral in supporting this year’s EIBTM, the Global Meetings and Events exhibition, held in Barcelona 29 November to 1st December. On Wednesday 30th November, early morning saw a group of over 125 senior MICE buyers check in at London Gatwick and head to Barcelona aboard a Thomas Cook Boeing 757. With the UK national strike anticipated to cause chaos the value of a privately chartered flight was confirmed as buyers were flown without a glitch to the annual conference.
Tim Procter, MD of Air Charter Travel said, “By planning an early flight, and working with our contacts at London Gatwick we knew we were able to fly to schedule. The charter flight is essential for the success of EIBTM, as those flying on the charter are incredibly influential in the business. It was great to have the opportunity to fly them to this essential industry conference and successfully get them there. This is the 17th year we’ve worked with Reed Exhibitions to deliver buyers to the show and we understand just how important it is for the exhibition.”
The hosted buyers enjoy the unique benefits that flying by private charter provides. Dedicated check-in desks with the EIBTM logo above them sped up the departure process. On the branded aircraft the passengers were treated to a more traditional schedule service with complimentary bucks fizz and a full English breakfast. This was a highlight for many and kept them going until well into the afternoon. A show brochure on each seat enabled buyers to plan their time. “For buyers the charter flight is a real bonus as it means we can make the most of our time at the show, meet with other hosted buyers to talk industry trends and know that our flight was pretty much going to travel as planned,” said Bob Jones.
MD of event management group BJ Events. “The flight also perfectly demonstrates to buyers the benefits of private charter for large groups, it can save time, money and supports a business’ objective to maximise the hours their employees are way from the office,” continued Jones.
Air Charter provides a range of charter services from executive jets & helicopters, to large corporate groups flying for special events. The company also supports cargo transport and showed growth of 13% last year. In its 20th year Air Charter Travel Ltd has handled over 140 flights carrying a total of more than 23,000 passengers around Europe and further afield to South America and China. Clients include blue chip corporations, leading sporting teams and major celebrities.
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