Over the past few days, Goa International Airport has hosted all sorts of business jets — from Gulfstream-200s to Bombardier Global 6000s — bringing to the state a variety of persons like the family of LK Advani’s son, the Shah family that owns the diagnostics chain Metropolis Healthcare, and former Genpact CEO Pramod Bhasin.
“Goa is currently one of the top destinations for private charters, and there is a constant demand on this route. People want to go to their vacation homes,” said co-founder of bookmycharters.com Sachit Wadhwa. Private jet operators have witnessed a 60% increase in enquiries, while Goa Airport officials said it is getting more requests for these flights, mostly from Delhi, Mumbai and Pune.
“On a daily basis, we are receiving requests for non-scheduled operator charters, and we clear the requests if they meet all requirements,” said Goa Airport director Gagan Malik. “Right now, people can’t go abroad for a holiday. So, the best possible option, it seems, is Goa.” The Goa government has not made it mandatory for fliers to obtain an e-pass, and anybody arriving by road or flight can show a Covid-free certificate issued by an ICMR-approved lab or get tested in Goa for Rs 2,000.
The advantages of booking a private jet are obvious — arrive at the airport 30 minutes prior to departure, avoid crowds in the terminal building, long queues for security and boarding, and travel only with familiar passengers.