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Operation stack leads to upturn in demand for air charters, says World Executive Airways

World Executive Airways Fleet

World Executive Airways Fleet

With no end in sight to the cross-Channel disruption for businesses, hauliers and tourists alike, a Kent-based air charter company is reporting a major increase in demand for services.

World Executive Airways has seen enquiries and business soar at a time when rail and ferry services linking Kent with Calais have suffered long periods of paralysis over the past six weeks.

The double whammy of militant French seafarers and thousands of migrants attempting to get into Britain via Eurotunnel and the ferries has resulted in the frequent imposition of Operation Stack – and gridlock on the county’s roads.  

Now World Executive Airways, which is based at London Ashford Airport at Lydd, has revealed that more customers are turning to its services in a bid to avoid the cross-border transport misery which has so far cost the British economy tens of millions of pounds.

Managing director Jonathan Gordon says that the company, which operates a fleet that includes jet, turbo-prop and piston-type aircraft seating up to nine passengers, has seen a significant increase in traffic across the English Channel.

This has included a myriad of stranded holidaymakers and business executives, rush cargo, support for car production lines, stranded air and boat crew as well as a Channel 4 film crew racing across to cover the chaos in Calais and shipping an urgently needed aircraft part to a commercial passenger jet in the South of France.

“Unfortunately 2015 will be remembered as a summer of misery for so many people caught up in this awful transport mess. And while we have massive sympathy for everyone affected, it has generated a considerable amount of extra business for us,” says Jonathan.

“We offer highly competitive charter rates to anyone in the UK who needs to cross the Channel during this time of traffic disruption and chaos. Our service is highly flexible and we can tailor our charters to meet any requirements.”

WEA’s aircraft have wide access doors and can be reconfigured quickly in order to accept small packages or larger-sized freight shipments. World Executive Airways is fully approved to transport ‘dangerous goods’ cargo on short notice throughout the UK and the rest of Europe.

For more details about the range of charter services available from World Executive Airways call 01797 322207 or email  or visit

London Ashford Airport, at Lydd, is easily accessible from the M20 and 20 minutes’ drive from Ashford International Station, which offers high-speed rail services from London St Pancras in just 38 minutes.

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