World Economic Forum Draws Bizav Traffic

 - March 7, 2014, 4:35 AM
Monterey Jet Center provides an alternative to Los Angeles or San Francisco for Hawaii-bound aircraft in need of a tech stop.

The World Economic Forum, held annually in Davos, Switzerland, traditionally attracts a large number of business aircraft, and this year was no exception, with hundreds of government and business leaders heading to the area. Jet Aviation Zurich this year handled 726 movements and nearly 2,000 passengers during the course of the conference (January 22 to 25), while tallying fuel sales of more than 1.1 million liters (290,000 gallons). The FBO noted larger aircraft carrying more passengers this year. “We offered a warm welcome to numerous heads of state and other VIPs arriving in Zurich and ensured their seamless transfer to the prestigious WEF event,” said Monica Beusch, general manager of the company’s Zurich facility and head of FBO services in EMEA and Asia.

Fellow Zurich FBO ExecuJet also was busy, handling more than 150 aircraft carrying passengers heading to the forum. “The improving economic climate appears to have led to an increase in attendance at this year’s WEF, providing many industry leaders and a record number of politicians with the opportunity to discuss the challenges ahead,” said Nicole Gut, the company’s director of European FBOs.

Nearby military facility Dübendorf Airport provided overflow parking for both FBOs.