ACS up 40 per cent

A boom in the automotive and oil and gas sectors has translated into a record year for Air Charter Service (ACS).

The UK charter company grew 40 per cent last year and now arranges over 5,000 charters.

“The automotive sector grew very quickly part way through the year and, because of this, the supply chains could not cope. This meant that charters were required every day to support the manufacturers’ supply chains,” Justin Lancaster (right), cargo sales director at ACS, explains.

“This, in turn, led us to reintroduce our managed fleet of aircraft – starting with the An-26. Based in Birmingham it … has been flying almost non-stop since early October,” Lancaster concludes.

While high oil prices mean higher fuel costs for airlines they are stimulating the industry into exploration and development lifting charter service.

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