Charter broker PrivateFly has opened a dedicated U.S. office at Fort Lauderdale International Airport, near Miami. The UK-based company said the launch is a key step forward in its U.S. growth plans, following strong charter booking sales over the past two years.
The team at the new office will handle U.S. client flight sales for any global route. While PrivateFly’s American clients are based across the country, including established private aviation centers in New York City and Los Angeles, the company chose Fort Lauderdale/Miami specifically to target a growing private jet audience in the area, which is both a luxury travel destination and connection point for the Caribbean, Mexico and South America.
“PrivateFly’s model is attracting interest from U.S. business aviation customers, who now represent a third of our flight sales,” said company CEO Adam Twidell. “Florida is the third busiest state for business aviation, after Texas and California, and Miami has exciting potential. Its private aviation traffic rose by 3 percent in 2015, but we expect the first half of 2016 to see greater growth of around 6 to 8 percent.”