Trump lures fewer private jets for inauguration than Obama
Donald Trump’s inauguration is set to attract a smaller audience than President Obama’s, at least in the private jet sector, according to private jet booking platform Stratajet.

Ahead of tomorrow’s (Friday, January 20) ceremony, Washington D.C. is expecting fewer flights into its airports than when Barack Obama was sworn in as the 44th President of the United States of America.

Over the corresponding weekend in 2009, despite private aviation suffering the downturn of the 2008 credit crunch, Washington D.C. airports received more than 600 private jet flights. While a higher-than-average influx of private jets is expected into the Capital this weekend, the number of expected flights is set to be dwarfed by that of eight years ago. A spokesperson from Washington Dulles Airport Operations commented that they were “anticipating a minimum of 400 aircraft staying over the period of the weekend.”

While Stratajet has received high volumes of traffic since its launch in the United States in October 2016, underwhelming numbers of searches for flights in and out of Washington D.C. airports ahead of this weekend support low private jet flight expectations.

These prospective ceremony attendance figures correlate to the fact that a large percentage of Trump’s supporters are from middle- and working-class backgrounds, while those making $100,000 or more were largely opposed to his appointment. It has, however, been largely suggested that Donald Trump’s victory will be positive for the private jet industry, as the President Elect is himself a private jet owner.

Jonny Nicol, Founder & CEO of Stratajet, commented: “The 400 private jets arriving into the Captial this weekend demonstrate that there is still an appeal to be at the heart of the inauguration ball and gala scene. This number is still a considerable logistical challenge for the airports and FBOs but it is interesting to note that there will be fewer aircraft than eight years ago and how this relates to searches for flights to Washinton D.C. conducted via our automated booking platform. That said, we are delighted with the numbers we are generating through the platform since launch in the United States.”

Low search figures for this weekend’s inauguration are in contrast to the success of the Stratajet platform, which has seen 40% month on month growth since its U.S, launch. In just three months, the unique platform has generating an unprecedented 30,000 accurate flight searches in real-time via its online search engine, giving passengers instant access to the private jet market across the country.

BlueSky Business Aviation News | 19th January 2017 | Issue #400