Smart Aviation, the global air charter specialists, celebrates 15 years of operation in 2020 and 15 years of successfully transporting rugby fans from around the world to the annual Six Nations tournament in chartered aircrafts.
Smart Aviation was founded in 2005 by Managing Director Mark Hawkins, an established sports charter specialist with over 25 years’ experience in senior operational roles within the travel and aviation industry. Previously Hawkins managed sports charters at Excel Airways, which included flying over 4,000 fans to a football final.
Over the last 15 years, Mark has dedicated much of his time to sports clients, overseeing thousands of charters to high profile fixtures and tournaments and positioning Smart Aviation as industry leaders in sport chartering.
Hawkins said: “Sport is definitely at the core of what we do as a company and I have drawn on my many years of experience to develop a highly skilled team that offers a truly personal service to all our clients. The key to our success is flexibility, as each clients’ requirements vary considerably, and our goal is to exceed expectations every time.”
Following a record-breaking 2019, when over 6,000 fans were chartered to Six Nations matches on 38 separately chartered flights, 2020 is set to be another impressive year. When the tournament ‘kick-offs’ on 1 February 2020, Smart Aviation will be involved in chartering flights to Paris, Dublin, Cardiff, Rome, Edinburgh and London, through some of the largest sport specialist tour operators in Europe.
With a reputation for offering the highest level of service in aircraft chartering, each of the flights will be seen off by a Smart Aviation representative on departure.
Smart Aviation’s comprehensive charter service frequently provides 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.
Hawkins added: “We are excited to be entering our 15th year with not only a fantastic Six Nations charter operation but also a substantial Pilgrim charter program, where Smart Aviation will operate 150 flights to the Holy City of Lourdes between February and October. As well as running our established private jet service, 2020 will be a very active year for the team.”