Hundreds of flights have either been cancelled or diverted following disruption at London Gatwick Airport (LGW) 19th and 20th December 2018. It’s the last weekend before Christmas and passengers will be travelling to spend time with loved ones.
Gatwick Airport (LGW) have reported sightings of two drones flying over the airport, causing this major disruption.
Smart Aviation, European charter specialists, provide a bespoke charter service. Travelling with Smart means we can provide a unique service for you. We can:
– React to emergency situations,
– We maintain a list of flights and airports available so we can get you to your destination as planned,
– No stress of unexpected delays.
Director of Smart Aviation, Mark Hawkins commented; ‘Disruption before Christmas has put a major strain on airlines, airports and passengers. Smart are here to help provide you with an alternative travel arrangement if needed.’
The Premier League’s summer transfer window is open and will close at 17:00 BST on Thursday 9 August – that’s over three weeks earlier than usual. Under new FA rules, English clubs must complete transfer signings before the Premier League season starts on Saturday, 11 August.
The window opened on 17 May and the earlier deadline will ensure that clubs have a more stable start to the 2018/2019 season. They’ll be able to sell players until the end of August but all buying activity must be completed by the new deadline of 9 August.
Whilst the FA have changed the rules for all English clubs, FIFA’s official deadline remains Friday, 31 August and Spanish, German, Italian and French clubs can sign players from English sides until 31 August. The transfer window in Scotland also ends on 31 August.
Private jet charters
In our experience, demand for private jet charters increases in the last week of the transfer window, as football clubs push to get those all-important contracts signed before the deadline.
We’ve been assisting football clubs with private jet charters for transfer talks, medicals and signings for many years – and our experienced team understand the specific requirements of this type of charter.
By nature, these private flights are often last-minute and require the utmost discretion; as European charter specialists, we’re well positioned to react quickly and present the most suitable charter options at a competitive price. Very light jets or light jets (see our aircraft guide) provide a quick, convenient and comfortable way to move a professional player across Europe and back again within a working day – and we’ve been known to have a jet in the air within an hour of receiving a charter request!
We charter private jets to Ibiza for big name DJs and music artists every year – they travel smart, often spending just a couple of hours at an event before flying on to their next gig on the same night.
But they’re missing out; the White Isle has so much to offer that it’s one of our most chartered to European destinations every summer. Stay a while and this pretty, sun-drenched island will have you hooked and coming back year after year – just ask our Managing Director, Mark!
Flying to the White Isle
If you’re Ibiza bound this summer, we’ll make sure your private jet charter is as exceptional as this Balearic beauty. Our quick, discreet private jet charter service is fully bespoke and will ensure you receive the most convenient and comfortable travel experience. We’ll listen carefully to your requirements to source the perfect private jet charter for your trip to Ibiza, accommodating all those personal touches that are so important.
Whether you’re travelling to Ibiza with family, friends or both, we have access to private jets of all sizes – including the most desired jets available for charter – so can source the very best aircraft for your party.
Ibiza’s international airport (IBZ) (Catalan: Aeroport d’Eivissa or Spanish: Aeropuerto de Ibiza) has a dedicated private jet terminal, away from the main terminal building. Upon arrival, we can organise an onward helicopter transfer to your villa, yacht or event, if required.
We’re donating to the royal couple’s chosen charities.
To celebrate the marriage of Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle in May, we’re making a donation to one of the couple’s chosen charities for every one of our private jet or helicopter charters touching down in London during May 2018.
Prince Harry and Ms. Markle will be married at a ceremony held in Windsor Castle on 19th May 2018. They have asked that anyone who might wish to mark the occasion considers making a donation to charity, rather than sending a wedding gift.
We have already chartered private jets on behalf of several clients who are attending the royal wedding and we are delighted to be able to support some fantastic organisations, personally selected by the royal couple, in the process.
“We regularly charter aircraft from all over the world into London and with the royal wedding showcasing the city to a worldwide audience, we’ve taken the opportunity to highlight the world-class facilities available when flying privately into London.”
Smart Aviation will make a donation to one of the couple’s selected charities (CHIVA (Children’s HIV Association), Crisis, Myna Mahila Foundation, Scotty’s Little Soldiers, StreetGames, Surfers Against Sewage and The Wilderness Foundation UK) for every private jet chartered through Smart Aviation Ltd arriving into London City Airport, Biggin Hill Airport, Stansted Airport and Luton Airport during the period of 1 – 31 May 2018.
A helicopter charter can arrive anywhere permitted in the greater London region during the same period.
London City Airport’s Private Jet Centre is the only private jet centre situated within London itself and is just 3 miles from Canary Wharf and 5 miles from the City.
Passengers can expect a 90 second experience from aircraft to car door. The airport is ideally located for passengers travelling to W1 (Mayfair) or SW1 (Kensington), both of which can be reached by car within 30 minutes via the airport based Limousine service.
Facilities include a VIP lounge and meeting room, making London City Airport Jet Centre a compelling choice for corporate aviation.
The airport is open Monday to Friday 06.30 to 21.30, Saturday 06.30 to 12.30 and Sunday 12.30 to 21.30.
For more information on private jet charter flights departing from or arriving into London City Airport’s Jet Centre, please contact us.
Towards the end of 2015 we announced the start of our partnership with East Surrey College.
We’re pleased to say that the relationship has been going from strength to strength and two of their students on the BTEC Diploma in Aviation Operations course have taken up work experience placements here at Smart House.
Alex and Nat have been spending one day a week with us learning the ropes of how a busy aircraft charter company operates. In turn, we’ve learnt that 18 year olds have copious amounts of enthusiasm and blue sky ideas!
Both enjoyed a visit to one of our trusted operators at Biggin Hill in Kent and got to experience first hand just what it feels like to board a private jet.
In Alex’s words:
“My placement with Smart Aviation has enabled me to gain valuable aviation experience and knowledge which I can translate to my college assignments and future prospects. My own knowledge of the air charter industry has in turn broadened and I’m now fully aware of the role, operations and scale of the sector which I’ve seen to be exciting and dynamic. I’m looking forward to my remaining weeks of the work experience placement with Smart; at 18 with little out of class industry experience, to be given an opportunity like this is fantastic! It’s great as a college student to be able to work with industry professionals and put my existing aviation knowledge in to practice. The Smart team have been very friendly and welcoming and I’m grateful for their partnership with the college.”
On 3rd March 2016 Loxwood FC, our local sponsored football team, came to victory by winning the Under 18’s County Cup Final against Arundel. The team gave a strong performance and came to a win in triumphant style with a final score of 9-2 to yet again retain the title.
A big congratulations to the entire team from all of us at Smart Aviation – we look forward to another year of sponsorship with Loxwood FC and LTB Sussex Academy and we’ve high hopes for more wins and cup titles in the future!
Basel ‘the cultural city of Switzerland’ plays host to Baselworld, one of the world’s largest and most prestigious watch and fine jewellery events, from 17 – 24 March 2016.
Baselworld has made its mark as the most important marketplace and showcase for the world’s leading luxury watch and jewellery brands. Designers, buyers, suppliers, press and admirers from across the world come together for the week long show at Messe Basel.
Conveniently situated on the Swiss, German and French border and only an hour and a half from London, the show is located close to two international airports; EuroAirport Basel is just 10 minutes away by car and Zurich Airport is just under an hour away.
Patek Philipe, Rolex, Chopard and Bulgari are amongst the international brands who will showcase their very best timepieces and jewellery to buyers and press from around the world.
Baselworld has established itself as the most well attended event in the industry, therefore we strongly recommend that you secure your private jet charter with us now to guarantee your landing spots. We still have some availability for private jet flights from London to Basel for 10 passengers from £1,100 per person. Contact us for the best possible charter price and to guarantee your timely arrival at Baselworld.
We can offer a variety of aircraft types to suit your needs and requirements with departure airports from across the UK and Europe, so get in touch to find the best option for you.
TEFAF Maastricht, the world’s leading art and antique fair takes place 11-20th March 2016.
Art enthusiasts will descend on Maastricht to see a gathering of 275 galleries from across the globe presenting old masters, modern contemporary showpieces, jewellery, photographs and 20th century design and works on paper.
Maastrict is less than an hour from London, with Maastricht Aachen airport being only a 15 minute drive from TEFAF itself.
So avoid the long airport waits and restriction of commercial airline flight schedules; charter a private jet with Smart Aviation.
TEFAF Maasticht is one of the busiest events in the private jet charter calendar. We strongly recommend you charter your private jet now to secure your landing spots. As we go to print there is some availability for private jet flights to Maastrict for 10 passengers from £750 per person. They are sure to be taken up soon though.
Smart Aviation can offer a variety of aircraft types to suit your needs and requirements with departure airports from across the UK and Europe, so get in touch to find the best availability for you.
Our private jet charter broker to the stars, Matt Feldon, talks new tech v old fashioned chat.
“I’ve always been a people person. It’s a cliché, I know, but I genuinely enjoy meeting and building up a rapport with someone – and I’m lucky that my job allows me to do this on a global scale every day.
It’s apt that I started my career in the mobile communications industry with EE and Phones4u, as so much of what I do now is about communication. This was back when not everyone had a smart phone; nowadays, mine is always with me as I can take jet charter requests from clients 24/7 – they’re often last minute and I need to work quickly to find the perfect aircraft. We have access to jets across the world and use a mobile app to generate a quote for clients within minutes.
Charter requests can come in via phone, email, text, webchat or social media and it’s important to gather all the detail first time. It’s good to talk – and that I can do (just ask my colleagues) – but in my role it’s just as important to listen. The small details often make all the difference. I use WhatsApp as a quick and discreet way of communicating with clients who don’t always have the time to take a call or pick up an email and likewise it’s a smart way for me to send photos or video of aircraft easily. I’m on Twitter (@mattfeldon) and LinkedIn daily to keep up-to-date on the latest news in the industry and identify opportunities for our clients.
All that tech makes it easier to keep in touch on an everyday basis, but I find nothing beats a face to face meeting – it’s even more invaluable when you need to gain a client’s trust. It’s a big ask to be trusted to get a VIP to a critical event or meeting – if I’ve built that rapport by meeting them in person, we both understand each other better. And that makes everyone’s life easier.
I try to get to as many industry networking events as possible – our base at London Gatwick makes it easy to get to most by plane or train. A highlight of my summer is jetting out to see clients across Europe, including a number of music industry clients in the Balearics and beyond.”