HFW and AsBAA Survey: Illegal Charter – Are illegal charters harming APAC business aviation?
HFW and the Asian Business Aviation Association (AsBAA) have conducted a joint survey of the AsBAA membership in relation to illegal charter of business jets across the Asia Pacific region. Anecdotally, illegal charter activity – which essentially involves the use of private aircraft for commercial purposes – occurs in many Asia Pacific countries, although the position is opaque and the full extent of the problem has been difficult to establish. This survey represents the first attempt to capture industry perception of this issue in the APAC region.
The findings of the survey highlight the negative impact on business aviation caused by illegal charter operations, the reasons why illegal charter is generally not reported to the authorities, and the almost universal view that regulators are not doing enough to combat illegal charter.