Super rich tourists use private jets to fly to Britain from countries ravaged by coronaviruses.
An impressive 545 chartered aircraft have entered the UK since the lockdown started on March 23, thanks to the country’s open border policy.
Among them, 25 planes from Spain hit by Covid, 15 from the United States – the most affected nation in the world – 27 came from France and 32 from Germany.
A staggering 545 chartered planes have entered the UK since the lockdown started on March 23, helped by the policy of opening the country’s borders (file photo)
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This comes after a private jet of super-wealthy London vacationers was dispatched to France last week as they attempted to fly to their villa in Cannes by helicopter.
Over 15,000 people enter the UK daily and are allowed to leave airports without being tested for the bug that has killed over 160,000 people worldwide.
It is understood that wealthy visitors are not transparent as to why they are flying so that they can get around the government’s only “essential travel” rule.
Some have reportedly said they would go to their family home in the UK rather than a second home or vacation home.
More than 15,000 people enter the UK daily (photo, Heathrow last week) and are allowed to leave airports without being tested for the bug that killed over 160,000 people worldwide
Britain is one of the few countries to keep their borders open during the pandemic, while 130 others have introduced tighter controls.
The chairman of epidemiology and public health of the Royal Society of Medicine, Professor Gabriel Scally, told The Times that it was “difficult to understand” why the UK followed this policy.
Air charter chief Justin Bowman said “there are still thousands of people” stranded overseas and he hopes “many of these flights will be legitimate repatriations.”
He added, “I hope those who abuse the rules are in the minority.”
Wealthy travelers have also taken off from the UK on private planes to distant destinations such as the United Arab Emirates.
An astonishing 767 planes were cleared for takeoff from Britain, with 115 using London Farnborough’s “low-key” airport in Hampshire.
Thirty-four planes have flown in France, 34 in Germany, 30 in Spain and 23 in Russia, where private plane tickets can cost up to £ 70,000.
Britain (photo, PM Boris Johnson) is one of the few countries to keep their borders open during the pandemic, while 130 others have introduced tighter controls
Ten others went to the UAE, which can cost up to £ 100,000.
The Civil Aviation Authority said it “has no way of knowing whether the rental of private aircraft has increased or decreased in recent weeks.”
Earlier this month, seven men in their 40s and 50s and three women in their 20s arrived at Marseille-Provence airport and were stopped by local police.
The organizer of the April 4 trip – a Croatian working in the UK banking industry – had booked the jet and the helicopters to take everyone to the rented villa.
The private jet used by the groups was an Embraer Legacy 600 – a luxury Brazilian-made business jet that costs around £ 5 million.
Pictured: Flight Tracker shows the route taken by wealthy businessmen from Farnborough Airport near London to Marseille on April 4