Aircraft broker Air Charter Service has reported record business aircraft charter bookings in July, due in part to a hike in the number of leisure flights using small-cabin aircraft.

"We booked more than 800 flights in July [across its offices in Europe, Asia, Africa and North America,] meaning that on average an ACS private jet flight departed every 55min throughout the month," says ACS Executive Jets director Ruan Courtney. "The summer period is traditionally the busiest time for private jet charters, as our regular corporate business is boosted by leisure travel."

UK-headquartered ACS says there was a "slight shift in its clients' buying behaviour - many are booking smaller aircraft, but more regularly", it concedes.

Source: Flight International