After a year’s break without fans being able to attend, the Six Nations tournament begins tomorrow, Saturday, 5 February, with Ireland v Wales and Scotland v England. Smart Aviation are once again celebrating being able to transport thousands of eager rugby fans to games in France, Italy and Scotland meaning once again, we have earned our reputation as the leading provider of charter flights for rugby.
Since the company was founded in 2005, Smart has earned a reputation for going above and beyond to accommodate the needs of our loyal rugby clients who will be travelling on our numerous charters this year.
As part of that service, Smart will have representatives in Paris, Rome, Glasgow, Edinburgh and Dublin to ensure everything goes without a hitch. Follow our social channels for live updates as we report on the logistics of organising multiple charters for thousands of fans.
Mark Hawkins, Managing Director of Smart Aviation commented: “With over fifteen years’ experience in chartering rugby supporters to the Six Nations, we are pleased to be back transporting fans to the matches after a prolonged period of COVID enforced travel restrictions. We work with some of the largest specialist sports tour operators and look forward to another successful operation this tournament. The flights create a large volume of work for Smart and I am delighted that we have an experienced team who can ensure that we never compromise on service in order to look after our clients.”
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.”
The Six Nations tournament begins tonight, starting with France v Wales in Paris, and Smart Aviation are celebrating another record year for charters; we have 38 flights planned during the 2019 tournament, and we are carrying over 6000 supporters meaning once again we have earned our reputation as the leading arranger of charter flights for rugby.
Since the company was founded in 2005, Smart have earned a reputation for going over and beyond to accommodate the needs of their loyal rugby clients who will be travelling on our numerous charters this year.
As part of that service, Smart will have representatives in Paris, Rome and Dublin to ensure everything goes without a hitch – watch out for updates on our social media as we report on the challenge of organising multiple charters for thousands of fans.
Mark Hawkins, Managing Director of Smart Aviation commented “with over ten years of experience chartering rugby supporters to the six nations we are pleased to have grown our passenger numbers to over 6000 for this tournament, meaning 2019 is a record-breaking year. We work with some of the largest specialist sports tour operators, and we are looking forward to another successful operation. The flights create a large volume of workload for Smart and I am delighted that we have an experienced team who can ensure that we never compromise on service in order to look after our clients”
Our aircraft charters will be flying thousands of supporters to the three big European finals in May.
Champions Cup Final
We’re now preparing for our charter flights to European rugby’s Champions Cup final in Bilbao, Spain.
The city’s San Mamés Stadium will host the match between Leinster Rugby and Racing 92 for the decider on Saturday 12th May. Our day return charters will carry over 2,500 Leinster rugby supporters from Dublin International Airport (DUB) to Bilbao Airport (BIO) to see their team play in the final – and we’ll be cheering them on for a win.
Our experience in chartering aircraft for supporter flights to rugby fixtures goes way back to when the company was founded in 2005 and we remain the first choice for sports tour operators for their charter flights to European rugby tournament fixtures, including the Six Nations.
Europa League & Champions League Finals
European football reaches fever pitch in May, with both championship finals taking place within a couple of weeks of each other. We’re now in the process of sourcing more aircraft for supporter charter flights to the Europa League final in Lyon on Wednesday 16th May and the Champions League final in Kiev on Saturday 26th May.
Our decades of experience, unrivalled relationships with operators and leverage in the European market ensures that we deliver the most cost-effective solution for our clients, without compromising on quality.