AIRPORT: Some 2,595 private jets touched down in St. Maarten and 697 in St. Martin between January and June of this year. St. Barths saw 2,935 private jets and Anguilla 619.
According to figures compiled by Doug Gollan of Private Jet Card Comparisons, the Turks and Caicos Islands recorded the highest percentage increase of private jets in the Caribbean so far this year, although the destination was sixth in actual numbers overall.
In terms of overall private arrivals, the Bahamas topped the Caribbean with a staggering 19,081 jets over the six-month period, followed by Puerto Rico with 4, 667 jets then the Dominican Republic with the third most private aviation arrivals 3,708 arrivals.
Costa Rica attracted 3,520 jets; Turks and Caicos, 2,757; U.S. Virgin Islands, 1,843; Antigua and Barbuda, 1,219; Jamaica, 910; Guatemala, 836; Guadeloupe, 738; and Barbados, 525.
Caribbean private aviation arrivals to the Caribbean are up 53 percent in June, compared to 2019, according to WingX.
Year-to-date – through June 1, the region’s private jet numbers are one percent ahead of the pre-pandemic results of two years ago. With the average private jet flight bringing over US $80,000 in spending, these arrivals are critical for the local economies.