PRIVATE aviation services provider PhilJets said on Tuesday the demand for private jet flying among businessmen amid the ongoing health crisis is boosting the recovery of the business aviation sector.

In a statement, PhilJets Chairman Thierry Tea said the demand for “higher safety levels” from corporations that operate in Southeast Asia has increased since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.

“This partly explains why the business aviation [sector] has started to recover,” he added.

PhilJets said inquiries rose by 50% over the last three months.

The company noted that business activities were “severely impacted” in the past seven months due to travel restrictions imposed by the Philippine government.

“Our team has shown resilience and has been doubling down on efforts and has closely been working with partners to keep the fleet operational. As the country reopens, activity in private aviation is expected to pick up,” PhilJets Chief Executive Officer Robert Reguero said.

He also said commercial flights are expected to remain limited.

PhilJets likewise disclosed that it had taken delivery of its new business jet, the eight-seater Cessna Citation CJ4.

The company said its new Citation CJ4 is the third business jet delivered this year. — Arjay L. Balinbin