“It’s been crazy,” says Alex Sadat-Shafai, Air Charter Service’s (ACS) global football sales director, reflecting on the last 18 months for the aircraft hire company. “I think that’s probably the word I would use.”
The arrival of the pandemic may have initially meant the world had to operate at a much slower pace. But as restrictions lifted, the sporting calendar returned and air travel resumed. The show has gone on, albeit with the added challenges of Covid bubbles, lateral flow tests and the like. Using privately hired aircraft for travel has also been crucial for sports teams during this period.