Newsweek

1,700 Private Jets Descend on Davos For World Economic Forum
Newsweek

Billionaires, world leaders and pop stars are clogging up the skies with their private jets as they descend on the annual World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland to liaise over issues such as terrorism, the central banks and growing economic inequality.

Over the course of this week, approximately 1,700 private jets are expected to fly into the region, resulting airport traffic increasing by 10% which means that landing spots are in short supply.

According to founder of VistaJet Thomas Flohr – whose company charges between $10,000 and $15,000 per hour to use its planes – those travelling on long-haul flights to Davos will even receive additional perks, such as a free helicopter ride.

A wide-range of guests are expected to attend the event, including former US vice-president Al Gore who is set to stress the importance of tackling climate change, and pop star Pharrell Williams who will discuss how to make fabric from recycled plastic.

Pour la bonne gauche qui aime péter de la broue à Davos, le réchauffement climatique c’est important, mais pas assez pour remplacer un voyage en jet privé par une discussion via Skype…