Whether you’re flying for business or pleasure, there’s no avoiding the hassles of the airport these days. From checking in to delays, to uncomfortable flights, the list of issues goes on and on.
And let’s not even talk about the food!
In 2018, London Heathrow saw 80 million passengers board or depart for a flight. When you consider passenger volume at this one airport alone, it’s surprising that it functions at all!
With some of the world’s busiest airports, one of the biggest trends in British travel this year has been to fly by private jet from the UK – because of course, many of these issues go away.
After-all, if it’s good enough for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle!
Charting a Jet is Solving the Airport Hassle Issue (for Business and Pleasure)
Chartering a Plane for Business
Chartering a plane for business comes with many advantages. There’s no waiting or queuing, you simply arrive and get on your plane.
This is perfect if you’re traveling for business because time is money, and you can prepare for the trip in what is effectively a flying office. Your delegation can discuss ideas, work on projects, and you all land feeling refreshed and ready to work.
And you can leave from almost any airport – there’s huge amount of flexibility in location as well as timing. Using our example of the UK, this means that you don’t have to connect into Heathrow from Edinburgh. You can fly out from anywhere in the country.
In fact, getting to the airport can also be taken care of efficiently and in luxury. Helicopter and limousine travel are common inclusions of chartering a private plane, and check-in and security are fast rather than lengthy processes.
Flying by chartered plane removes the stress out of travel, and the catering is excellent; as far as business travel goes, you’ll be well rested when you arrive in your final destination, and well fed so you’re not suffering from jet lag or stomach issues.
Over-all, chartering a plane for business is well worth the investment.
Charting a Plane for Tourist Travel
If you’re on a budget, this option may not be for you. In which case, we’ve written this post to how you can go about enjoying a long haul commercial flight to alleviate some of those airport / flying issues!
That said, if you do have the budget to charter a plane, it also brings significant advantages for leisure travel. Like business travelers, you avoid the lengthy check-in issues, and can enjoy the space of private jet travel.
If you have children, it’s a lot easier to keep them amused during the flight, with a lot more room to move, and you can enjoy decent food and service.
There are a range of destinations to fly to including cities only reachable by long haul flights, so you’re not missing out on flight routes, and in fact, may even have more flexibility with timing. And when you arrive, you can whiz through customs.
There’s no need for a day or two to get over the stress of convention flight travel – jet lag is almost non existent when you get to your destination, and your energy hasn’t been sucked dry by the experience of navigating airports.
How to Charter a Plane
Due to the increase in popularity, there are now more ways than ever to start the process of chartering a private jet. One of the most popular methods is speaking directly to an aviation operator and telling them exactly what you’re looking for.
Though just as there are websites for booking commercial travel, there are also many sites and apps which allow you to run quotes and make bookings for private jets (how the booking process works is you make a flight ‘request’).
Before you get in touch with someone, it’s important to establish all the finer details of your journey. Are you traveling alone or with others? What exact destination do you want to get to? Do you need wheelchair access? Is your journey long enough to require catering?
All of these details are very important as without them, you won’t be able to specify exactly what you want and things could get very complicated. Bookings very rarely fluctuate in price, so no matter how early or late you book the price is likely to remain the same.
Cost obviously depends on your specifics; the length of your journey and type of aircraft you need. The longer the journey and the more passengers traveling with you, the larger the aircraft to ensure there’s enough space and enough capacity for fuel to withstand the entirety of your journey.
When you request a flight quote you’re usually given a price pretty quickly – most companies respond within 24 hours. Why not put in a request and check if it’s a possibility!
Charter a flight next time you travel. It is flying as it should be. No need for hassle, stress, or delays. Just you, the plane, and a highly enjoyable journey!