At some matches, such as the Scotland vs. France at Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh, five percent of the stadium flew on aircraft chartered by Air Charter Service, the company revealed.
Justin Bowman, group CEO, Air Charter Service, elaborated, “We [had] more than 14,000 passengers scheduled on almost 100 flights over the seven week duration, with the majority from England and France.”
Noting that a study summarised the Six Nations as having the highest average attendance per match of any tournament in world sport, Bowman added that it certainly seemed to be the case in 2017. “We arranged more than 70 flights in total for the championship, including some last minute bookings after the tournament was underway [in 2017], but the number is even higher this year,” he said.
Bowman outlined that with the Winter Olympics having concluded and the FIFA World Cup coming up this summer, Air Charter Service was expecting an exceptionally busy year for sports charters.