Some Liverpool fans desperate to watch their team in the Champions League final are turning to PRIVATE JETS – costing up to £20,000 for a seven-seater.
With no direct flights now available from the UK to Kiev, Reds supporters hoping to travel to the Ukrainian capital for the final have been left looking at more extreme options which would see them arrive in style.
PrivateFly, an online flight broker, say they’ve seen a huge surge in searches for Kiev in the last 24 hours after LFC secured their place in the final after beating AS Roma on aggregate.
The travel website offers luxurious private jets to those who are willing to pay the price – with a seven-seater starting at £19,300 for a two-day return.
With an interior designed by BMW, the luxury jet has a plethora of plush features, including lie-flat beds and a bar area.
One of the site’s cheaper offerings is a 56-seater VIP Boeing Business Jet. It seats 56 people and costs £89.930 to hire – around £1,600 each.
While for many that seems an eye-watering amount, it has been reported some fans are paying up to £1,400 for a flight – meaning it was cheaper to fly from New York to Kiev than from the UK.
Carol Cork, co-founder and marketing director of PrivateFly said: “Since the first semi-final leg, we’ve seen a 145% increase in online flight searches from UK airports to Kiev, compared to an average week.
“And now, after last night’s game confirmed the result, we have been absolutely inundated with requests.
“While corporates and VIPs were booked up weeks ago, a surge in demand is now coming from people who don’t usually travel by private jet, but who are determined to find a way to reach the game.
“Many are looking to club together, to charter an aircraft that will seat groups of friends and fellow supporters.
“Aircraft are available but booking fast. That weekend of 25th – 27th May is set to be the busiest for private jets in Europe all year, with the Champions League Final overlapping with the Monaco Grand Prix, and the start of a UK Bank Holiday and half term.”