Charter broker Hunt & Palmer has opened a new office in Hong Kong. According to the UK-based group’s executive aviation manager, Neil Harvey, the operation will be able to exploit high levels of growth in demand for charter flights into mainland China and the Far East region over the next five years.
“This move will give Hunt & Palmer the ability to fully understand local civil aviation rules and permit application requirements, allowing us to give clients definitive answers as to what is possible and on what timescale,” he told NBAA Convention News. The broker already works with numerous international corporations and flight departments that currently fly passengers into the region on scheduled airlines but that increasingly would like to be able to arrange charter flights for trips within the region.
The company is developing contacts in China and learning the system in order to make charter flights more flexible and feasible for clients. “Too often we are advised by operators that it will take up to 10 days to get a flight permit and we give this timeframe to clients in order to avoid disappointment,” Harvey explained. “With good work the permits can be obtained in as little as three days, but, in the meantime, some charter business is lost to scheduled airline services because customers can’t be sure of getting the flight. We aim to reduce these gray areas.”
Hunt & Palmer’s downtown Hong Kong subsidiary will be run by broking manager Roz Bresnahan who is transferring from the group’s headquarters near London Gatwick Airport.