Tips for Booking Private Jet Travel to the Summer Olympics
Worldwide jet charters have been flying under the radar and discretely on the up-tick since 2009. From celebrities to professional athletes and leaders in business, a private jet is not only the preferred mode of transportation but also the most comfortable and efficient. Unlike commercial travel, flying independently helps the bottom line due to the expedience and flexibility of the private jet industry and your busy schedule.
One the most popular destinations this summer is London, England for the 2012 Olympics. According to British officials, an additional 3,000 private carriers are expected to fly into UK airports during the months of June and July.
Due to the increase in demand and anticipated air traffic congestion, here are several tips to help make your private jet experience fly smoothly:
- The Earlier, The Better — The British Government is enforcing strict rules on all commercial and private aviation this summer. This means book your private jet carrier now. The two major airports, Gatwick and Heathrow, are reserved for commercial airlines. There are 35 surrounding airports for private jets. Following are several for your consideration:
- Northholt — (EGWU) is perhaps the closest airport to the city at only 15 miles outside of Central London and while it operates 24-hours, there are restrictions as it’s the base for the Royal Air Force.
- London Oxford — (EGTK) is 40 miles outside of London with limited hours of operation: 7:00 a.m. until 10:30 p.m.
- Biggin Hill — (EGKB) is just 14 miles south of the city but operates from 7:30 a.m. until 9:00 p.m.
- Farnborough — (EGLF) is found 35 miles south of London with limited hours of operation and a prior request is necessary for landing permission.
- Stansted — (EGSS) is located just 30 miles outside of London and open 24-hours.
- Luton — (EGGW) is 35 miles north of the city and open 24-hours.
- Southend — (EGMC) Operates 24-hours each day and is 40 miles outside of the city.
- Airport Coordination Limited (ACL) — According to officials, “slot allocations” will be assigned on a first-come, first-serve basis and once the slots are filled all other carriers will be forced to fly into another airport or on an alternative day. Make sure you have your slot for entry and exit ahead of time.
- Knowing your events helps navigate your itinerary — The majority of the games will take place in Central London but there are several competitions that take place outside of the city. Plan the events you want to see before you charter your private jet. Here are some of the most popular games to attend:
- Swimming: Saturday 28 July – Friday 10 August at Aquatics Centre Hyde Park.
- Diving: Sunday 29 July – Saturday 11 August at Aquatics Centre.
- Boxing: Saturday 28 July – Sunday 12 August at ExCeL.
- Football (Soccer): Wednesday 25 July – Saturday 11 August at six locations around the UK. Check the game(s) you want to attend.
- Gymnastics: Saturday 28 July – Tuesday 7 August at North Greenwich Arena.
- Sailing: Sunday 29 July – Saturday 11 August at Weymouth and Portland.
The private aviation industry sees a burgeoning trend as new companies are opening offices in China, Brazil, Dubai and other parts of the world. With the anticipated success and increase in private jet travel this summer, worldwide jet charters are on the verge of an economic sonic boom. Book your flights early.