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Private jet use surging as rich avoid travel chaos

Private jets are parked at Seletar Airport in Singapore in June this year. (Bloomberg Photo)

As Europe grapples with a summer of travel chaos, the wealthiest are increasingly taking matters into their own hands.

Private-jet use has surged by almost a third in recent months compared to pre-pandemic levels, stretching airport capacity from Ibiza to Mykonos and stoking a political backlash in France.

London logged the most private flights — more than 12,000 in July — while Naples, Amsterdam and Berlin saw the biggest increases in private traffic among the most popular airports from 2019 levels, according to data compiled by the European Business Aviation Association.

The surge comes as Europeans, eager to travel…

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