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Singaporeans turn to private jets, 'daycations' as borders remain shut

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Bloomberg10/26/2020 09:00 AM GMT+08  • 7 min read
Singaporeans turn to private jets, 'daycations' as borders remain shut
Demand for yacht charters has shot up by more than 20%, according to One Degree 15 Luxury Yachting at Sentosa Cove.
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Whether it’s chartering a private jet for a flight to nowhere or hiring a luxury yacht, some in Singapore are going to extraordinary lengths to cure the cabin fever that’s set in as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

For many — expats and locals alike — the beauty of the city-state, outside of its year-round balmy weather and efficiency, has always been its hyper connectivity. But travel curbs aimed at shutting out the virus mean leaving Singapore is basically off the table, a challenge for those of the financial hub’s 5.7 million residents used to popping to a Malaysian resort for the weekend, or scooting over to Bali.

Sergey Tkachev has taken to the sea. The Russian businessman chartered a yacht from White Label Charters around Singapore’s southern islands, a collection of sleepy islets lapped by green waves. He’s taken the boat out four times now — being careful not to venture into international waters.

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