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.’
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Premier League Summer 2018 transfers
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!
What is an empty leg?
Those in the know use ’empty legs’ to reduce the cost of regular private jet charter. If you have a bit of flexibility in your schedule then choosing an empty leg could well be for you.
Put simply, they are empty flights – due to operate without any passengers, one way, as the aircraft and crew need to reposition back to base or elsewhere for the next flight.
It makes good business sense to have someone on-board sharing some of the cost of the flight, so these empty sectors are offered at a reduced price; a win-win situation and the perfect solution to that last minute business flight or personal trip.
Charter a private jet empty leg through us and you’ll receive the same standard and benefits of private jet travel, both on the ground and in the air, with the added advantage of a more cost effective way to travel.
Please contact our dedicated charter specialists 24/7 with your empty leg request.
Private jet charter to Ibiza
Our most-chartered-to summer destination
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.
The couple’s seven chosen charities are CHIVA (Children’s HIV Association), Crisis, Myna Mahila Foundation, Scotty’s Little Soldiers, StreetGames, Surfers Against Sewage and The Wilderness Foundation UK.
“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.”
— Matthew Savage, Sales Director
The London airports included are London City Airport, Biggin Hill Airport, Stansted Airport and Luton Airport, all of which offer excellent access to central London. We’ll make a one-off donation for every one of our private jet charters arriving into these airports from 1 – 31 May 2018.
Photo credit: Alexi Lubomirski
Terms and conditions:
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 Airports by Private Jet
The best airports for your flight into or out of London
One of the many benefits of private jet charter is the variety of the departure and arrival airports available to you; flying by private jet opens up a world of better air travel options.
When flying out of or into London by private jet, there are many airports available to you. As European aircraft charter specialists, we are able to advise on the most suitable departure and arrival airport for your journey based on your requirements. We can also assist with your onward travel, by car or heli-shuttle.
Explore the airports available to you when flying out of or into London by private jet;
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.
London Biggin Hill Airport is just 12 miles from Canary Wharf and 15 miles from Central London, providing quick and convenient access to London – just 6 minutes away by helicopter shuttle.
TAG Farnborough Airport is a dedicated business aviation hub, providing easy access to major road links. The Capital is also reachable by a 30 minute train journey or a 12 minute helicopter service to Battersea.
London Luton Airport is London’s fourth-largest airport and located 35 miles north of the city centre, providing easy access to the rest of the UK.
London Stansted Airport is located just 35 miles from Central London, 34 miles to Canary Wharf and 37 miles to the West End, with fast and convenient road and rail links to the whole of the UK.
London Oxford Airport is the Thames Valley area’s primary regional and business aviation airport – the only commercial airport between London Heathrow (LHR) and Birmingham (BHX).
You’re always assured of these benefits wherever you fly from:
- Dedicated private terminal.
- Short distances from the terminal to the private jet.
- Secure and efficient security screening.
- On-site immigration and border control.
To discuss your next private jet charter, please contact us.