London — Transfer deadline day, the twice-yearly footballing ritual when players fly around Europe in search of multimillion-pound deals, is sparking a bonanza for private jet companies. With the winter transfer window set to close at the end of Tuesday and football fans braced for the usual last-minute deals, private jet bookings are up 20%-50% year on year. There are about 200 private jets in the UK, according to charter company Luxaviation, and about 70 are available for use by the 20 clubs in the Premier League if they need to fly in a player for a hasty medical and signature on a contract. Demand begins to rise sharply in the three or four days before the window closes. Luxaviation expects its entire fleet of 26 jets to be booked before the 11pm deadline and is reporting a 25% rise in business on usual January bookings and a 20% rise on last year’s winter transfer frenzy. Bookings in Manchester, home to two of the UK’s richest clubs, are up 50% on the usual level for the time o...

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