Maintaining team safety with Group Charter

Key FactsIndustry: Sport
Number of flights: 4 flights
Passengers flown: 50+
Total distance: 22,890 nm

When the Indian Premier League (IPL), one of the world’s biggest cricket tournaments, was cancelled with immediate effect in early May due to the rising number of coronavirus cases in the country, many international cricketers as well as their support staff, were left stranded in India. Our team were called upon to organise a series of Group Charter flights to repatriate players and staff safely back to their home nations.

As the number of coronavirus infection rates continued to rise in India, countries around the world began to impose tighter border restrictions for arrivals from the country, with some, including Australia, banning anyone from entering who had been in India in the past 14 days. With travel restrictions changing regularly, our Group Charter experts were able to utilise our global network to keep up to date with all the latest travel requirements on a country by country basis.

Working directly with international cricketing bodies, and some of the largest franchises in the world, our dedicated team swiftly arranged a series of charter solutions, whilst adhering to all Covid-19 protocols. With routes from Delhi – Johannesburg / Delhi – Barbados – Port of Spain / Maldives – Sydney (via Perth), our team of experts utilised a number of different aircraft, which spanning both commercial and private jets, including, a Global Express 6000, Gulfstream 650 and an A320 Neo.

Throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, our global Group Charter experts have safely transported hundreds of sports teams to and from international events and tournaments. Choosing a private charter has become of increased importance for sports travel as it allows teams to remain in their ‘bubbles’ while keeping exposure with others to a minimum. The successful repatriation of this series of flights highlights how Group Charter remains one of the most reliable, flexible and safest ways to travel with your team and staff, and these benefits will remain of keep importance as we begin to emerge from the pandemic.