Russians are paying up to $27,000 to escape the country on private jets after Putin's partial mobilization, report says
00:12, Wednesday, 28 September, 2022
Russians are paying up to $27,000 to escape the country on private jets after Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a partial mobilization of his country's reservists last week, The Guardian reported.
Companies that offer private jet flights have reported a sharp increase in requests for one-way flights out of Russia, according to The Guardian.
They are now charging between $21,500 and $27,000 for a seat on a private plane, as per the report.
Russians are predominantly heading to countries that still allow them to enter without a visa, including Turkey, Armenia, and Azerbaijan, The Guardian reported.
Many European countries say they will not allow Russians fleeing mobilization to enter, and many had already blocked Russian tourists.
Yevgeny Bikov, the director of a broker jet company Your Charter, told The Guardian that they used to get around 50 requests a day, but this number has now increased to 5,000 a day.
"The situation is absolutely crazy at the moment," he added.
Eduard Simonov, the CEO of aviation company FlightWay, told The Guardian that the demand for private jets has "increased by 50 times," adding that they're struggling to meet demands after EU sanctions earlier this year severely limited jet availability.
"All the European private jet firms have left the market. There is more demand than supply now and the prices are through the roof compared with six months ago," Simonov said.
Simonov also said that it's not only the rich that are looking into renting private jets, but that they are getting a "completely new client base ... people who never flew private before."
"There are many who had some extra money left and are looking to get away," Simonov added.