With the Super Bowl fast approaching, discussions about the anticipated strain on Las Vegas and its surrounding airports from both commercial and private aviation have been widespread. While private jet travel may seem like an effortless option from an outsider’s perspective, the reality is that it requires meticulous planning and coordination by skilled professionals behind the scenes.
As high-profile events like the Super Bowl, Kentucky Derby, and Masters Tournament draw near, private jet travel experiences a significant surge, amplifying the pressure on airports and aviation infrastructure. To navigate these challenges effectively, it’s imperative to work with seasoned jet brokers and operators who possess the expertise to mitigate the risk of inconvenience or disappointment.
Several key challenges arise when flying to such events:
Airport Slots: While most private jet airports in the US typically do not require departure and arrival time slots, exceptions arise when Air Traffic Control anticipates heightened demand. Securing airport slots and aircraft parking can be uncertain until closer to the event day. We advise booking charter flights and confirming timings at least three to four weeks beforehand to ensure a smooth travel experience. Additionally, special event fees, particularly for high-profile events, may exceed $5,000.
Aircraft Parking: Increased private jet traffic often leads to limited aircraft parking availability at airports. This may necessitate aircraft repositioning to nearby airports during the event, resulting in additional charges and complicating post-event departures.
Crew Duty Restrictions: Pilots are subject to strict duty restrictions, including a maximum 14-hour duty period, which encompasses all flight-related operations and aircraft positioning. When planning same-day return trips, careful consideration of crew rest periods is essential to avoid early departures or scheduling conflicts. This can pose a huge issue for both clients and the pilots and needs to be very carefully mapped out.
Hotels and Local Transport: Accommodation and ground transportation options become limited during heavily attended events, with hotel rooms often requiring non-refundable deposits or minimum stay commitments. Ground transportation may also impose minimum time commitments, adding complexity to travel logistics.
For the past 8 years, clients have entrusted Big Game Air with coordinating charter flights to nearly all major national events. Contact us today to elevate your travel experience. Let’s fly with confidence.