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Aircraft charters prove priceless to rugby tournament

Justin Bowman, ACS’s Group CEO
The 2014 Six Nations tournament has seen a flurry of aircraft charter activity, with Air Charter Service (ACS) revealing the months of travel preparations that fans, sponsors and teams put into getting to and from games.

Justin Bowman, ACS’s Group CEO, said: “We were booking charters for this year’s tournament as far back as last June. Over the course of the championship we will have transported more than five and a half thousand passengers to and from the matches.”

The Six Nations format illustrates an almost ideal situation for aircraft charters according to Bowman: “Due to the high interest in these important matches, scheduled services simply cannot cope with the extra passenger flow on the weekends when the games take place.

“We have extensive experience in sports charters, having executed massive operations for football tournaments, including World Cups, European Championships, African Cup Of Nations, UEFA Champions’ League and the Europa League, as well as for many Barclays Premier League teams. We also charter a number of aircraft for club rugby teams, specifically for Heineken Cup matches. Last month we also flew teams and equipment to Sochi for the Olympics.”

Air Charter Service arranges almost 7,500 aircraft charters every year and is a major supplier of aircraft charters to the sports industry.

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