Elite Jets, a charter aircraft service, has faced a surge in demand since the pandemic began in 2020. This has required the 5-year-old company to add seven new aviation professionals to its growing team, including three pilots with experience flying private jets, cargo planes and commercial airliners."For affluent travelers, the choice about how to fly -- first-class commercially or privately -- once was a financial decision," said Stephen Myers, Elite Jets' executive vice president. "Now it's a health and safety decision. Passengers feel more comfortable knowing it's just their traveling party and flight crew on board, and that's fueled a surge in interest for charter flights."Convenience also factors into the industry's growth, Myers said, since Elite Jets can fly into smaller regional airports and passengers only need to arrive minutes before a flight's scheduled departure, not hours.Elite Jets' fleet includes four Embraer Phenom 300 jets, one Embraer Legacy 500 jet and a Bell 407 helicopter. The company also manages a Hawker 850XP jet.