Charter demand for Iraq up
Dubai, September 29, 2009
Chapman Freeborn Aviation Services, a top air charter broker, has seen a sharp increase in demand for passenger charter flights to and from Iraq over the past six months.
The global aircraft charter specialist has seen requests for tailored charter flights to places such as Basrah, Baghdad, Najaf, Sulaymaniyah and Kirkuk increasing month-on-month in 2009 as the reconstruction projects in the country are stepped up.
The latest in a series of executive flight operations in recent weeks saw Chapman Freeborn’s Dubai office coordinate a multi-leg tour of the regions southern oil fields on behalf of a major Middle East-based energy company.
A small team of senior management figures and their security detail were flown on a Hawker 900XP aircraft from Dubai to Baghdad for meetings, before heading south for an overnight stay and field inspections in the Basrah area.
James Coak, a charter specialist at Chapman Freeborn’s Dubai office, said: “Iraq is becoming a significant source of new charter business in the Middle East. Like anywhere else, face to face business is crucial in this part of the world - and many of our clients value the ability to visit multiple locations in a short space of time.”
“Added to this are the safety benefits of travelling as a single party and having a fully audited aircraft waiting on stand-by,” Coak continued.
“Unlike scheduled carriers we are also able to work directly with clients’ own security details, as well as expediting immigration procedures in many instances.”
In addition to an increase in passenger flights to Iraq, Chapman Freeborn has also seen growing demand for cargo charters in and out of Iraq as the reconstruction work continues.
Chapman Freeborn has a global network of 32 offices in 22 countries across five continents. The company coordinated more than 5,000 cargo and passenger charters last year. – TradeArabia News Service