Air Charter Service (ACS) says in June it booked more than 1,000 charter contracts in a month for the first time in its history.
ACS Group chief operating officer, Ruan Courtney, explains it is a “great achievement” for the month and many of these consisted of more than one sector. “That is an average of one contract signed every 41 minutes. Considering ten years ago we had only just passed the 1,000-charters-per-year mark, it is a testament to our significant growth in recent years,” Courtney says.
Courtney explains despite the deterioration of the Russian market, which has “hurt numbers” in both its Moscow and St Petersburg offices, all other European offices were up considerably year on year, as well as North American operations, which made up for the shortfall.
“Particular highlights include the performance of our cargo departments in the UK and the US, these have fuelled a large part of the growth in terms of numbers. Also our operations in Hong Kong and Beijing which, while less significant in terms of overall numbers, saw a 60 per cent increase,” Courtney says.
Courtney continues it is not just June that has been exceptional as three out of the last four months ACS has set record months first March, then May and now June.
“So far this year charter numbers are up more than 20 per cent on last year, a trend which looks set to continue – it is a great way to celebrate our 25th anniversary,” he adds.