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A New Year, a New Guinness Six Nations Tournament

2023 will be the 18th consecutive year since Smart was founded in 2005, that the team has played an integral role in the Guinness Six Nations rugby tournament’s aircraft charter operations. 

18 January 2023: This is the time of year that we always really look forward to. 2023 will be the 18th consecutive year since Smart was founded in 2005, that the team has played an integral role in the Guinness Six Nations rugby tournament’s aircraft charter operations. 

As the leaders in global sport charterings, we are really excited to be gearing up for another international rugby competition taking place in stadiums across England, France, Ireland, Italy, Scotland and Wales.

2022 was the comeback year for the Six Nations tournament as eager rugby fans were allowed to travel to support their teams again…and they did so in droves. We transported thousands of fans to games in France, Italy and Scotland, further positioning our reputation as the leading provider of group charter flights for the tournament. 

The 2023 Six Nations Championship kicks off on Saturday, 4th February with Wales V Ireland at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff. Smart Aviation currently has over 2500 passengers booked to travel to the tournament and the team has been working closely with our tour operator partners to secure even more capacity for fans. 

Throughout the tournament, the Smart Team will be on the ground in London, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Dublin, Rome and Paris assisting with flight check-ins, last minute name changes and to ensure all the flights go smoothly. 

Smart Aviation’s Managing Director Mark Hawkins said: “A new year always symbolises a new Six Nations tournament for us. We are buzzing with enquiries from our loyal clientele to transport fan groups  to the tournament. This shows us that confidence in travelling to events of this magnitude is back to where it should be. We are delighted to be part of this again and are confident  we will deliver another flawless operation from our very skilled team”. 

Smart Aviation was founded in 2005 by Managing Director Mark Hawkins, an established sports charter specialist with over 30 years’ experience in senior operational roles within the travel and aviation industry, including managing sports charters at Excel Airways. Over the last 17 years, Mark has led Smart Aviation to become the leaders in global sports chartering. Mark is still very active in sports chartering, frequently providing air travel for global sports teams to key sporting fixtures including Champions League and Premier League football matches, as well as to ice-hockey, boxing, basketball, golf, motorsport and cricket tournaments.

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Our business revolves around you

Exactly what
you need

You’re dealing with the experts. Our goal is excellence in service and execution – our extensive knowledge and expertise ensure we deliver.

Cost effective with no compromise

Our unrivalled operator relationships and leverage in the European market ensures you get the most cost-effective solution, without compromising on quality.

We are always
available

Our operational support team is on-hand 24/7, 365 days a year, to deal with the unexpected and keep you flying – for total peace of mind.