The answers to your private aircraft charter questions.
How much does it cost to charter a private jet?
The cost of chartering a private jet depends on a few key things;
Where will you be travelling to and from?
How many passengers will be travelling?
When will you be travelling?
For example, an approximate cost for mid-size private jet seating up to 8 passengers, from London to Nice in December could be £1400 per person. There will be other factors affecting price of the charter but our aim will always be to find the right aircraft at the right price for you. Use our quick contact form to get a quote.
How many passengers can fly on a private jet charter?
We can find aircraft to operate a private charter for any number of passengers. And not just people, we regularly arrange flights solely for pets and personal belongings.
The amount of luggage will be dependent on the size of the aircraft. Most private jets have capability to hold whatever is needed for your trip and more; whether in the hold or in the cabin. We will be happy to talk through your needs about any specific luggage, just contact us.
Can I take my pets on a private jet?
Yes! We are regularly asked to arrange flights for pets; whether they are travelling with a client or by themselves. For full details on the do’s and don’ts of travelling with pets please contact our Charter team.
How long before my flight do I need to arrive at the airport?
One of the key benefits of travelling on a private jet charter is the reduced waiting time before take-off. We recommend arriving 30 minutes before your chosen departure time but this can be reduced to 15 minutes at many airports. We’ll discuss this with you at the time of booking.
How can I reduce the cost of my private flight?
The cost of a private jet charter has many variables but one sure way of getting a lower price is by using what’s known as an ’empty leg’. These are flights that are due to operate without passengers. Perhaps a plane has been chartered to take passengers one way, so the return sector for the aircraft will be empty. This becomes an ‘empty leg‘.
Do I still need to show my passport when travelling by private charter?
If your flight is within the UK (departing and arriving) then all passengers will need to show a form of identity with a photo; a passport or a driving license. However, we would recommend that our clients always carry their passports with them, even if they are not required to by the carrier or immigration.
If your party is travelling internationally, then all passengers will be required to show a valid passport to travel.
At larger airports the private jet terminals will have dedicated customs and immigration staff. At smaller airports, customs and immigration officials will be aware of the private flight and can make a special visit to the terminal to meet the flight.
What is an 'empty leg'?
An empty leg is when a flight is due to operate on a sector without any passengers. As the aircraft will be flying the sector anyway, the empty leg is offered at a reduced cost of the regular flight cost. Contact us for more details or to check availability of an empty leg on your preferred route.
What is an airport FBO?
A Fixed Base Operator is the term given to the services and facilities available at an airport. Many airports have dedicated private terminals, whilst some have private facilities within their main terminals. We’ll discuss this with you at the time of booking and take into account any personal preferences.
I've missed my scheduled flight, how long will it take to charter a private jet?
We love a challenge! If you’ve missed a flight, or your flight has been cancelled or delayed, we’ll always do our best to get you where you need to be as quickly as possible. We regularly help clients who haven’t made it onto their commercial flights, for whatever reason. Typically, we will receive a call and endavour to have an aircraft ready to go in as little as 30 minutes, ensuring minimal disruption to your journey.
How long before my private charter flight do I need to arrive at the airport?
One of the key benefits of travelling by private jet is the reduced waiting time before departure. We recommend arriving 30 minutes before take-off but this can be reduced to 15 minutes at many airports.
Will there be food provided on a private flight?
VIP catering suitable for the time of day will be provided on – board. For small cabin aircraft this will normally be pre-prepared buffet style catering. For larger cabin aircraft which have galley facilities, catering can be prepared on board and hot meals served during the flight. All flights will have a fully licensed bar and soft drinks. If you have any special catering requirements please let us know.
Will there be cabin crew on a private flight?
Some larger private jets with a galley area will include the services of a flight attendant on-board as standard; this is not always the case with smaller private jets, where cabin space is limited. Depending on the size and type of your chartered jet, we can arrange for a flight attendant to assist you on your journey.
Where there is not a flight attendant, the flight crew will be able to assist you with bags and any other special requirements, just let us know at the time of booking.
If you have any other questions regarding private aircraft charter that we haven’t answered here, then please contact us and we’ll be happy to answer them for you.
With the ski season just round the corner, we’re pleased to be taking private jet charter requests and assisting our clients with plans for their winter skiing break.
When chartering a jet for your ski trip, there are additional benefits on top of the convenience, privacy and comfort of private jet travel;
Enjoy more time at your resort. Who wants to wait around in an airport for 3 hours? Arrive 30 minutes before your flight departs with not a queue in sight.
No waiting at baggage reclaim to collect your skis or boards – they’ll be on your private jet with you and can be taken directly from the aircraft when you leave.
Fly to the smaller airports nearer your resort, such as Sion and Samedan and your reduce transfer time – or take a helicopter direct to your chalet.
Enjoy flexible departure times to suit you and your party. Choose your own schedule and enjoy more time on the slopes.
For small groups, even a party of just four passengers travelling to Europe together can find that the cost of hiring a jet versus flying on a scheduled flight is surprisingly cost-effective.
Private jet charter prices
Fly to Sion (SIR) from London, from €2,320 per person return. Sion Airport is the most convenient for Verbier, Zermatt and Villars.
Fly to Samedan (SMV) from London, from €2,690 per person return. Samedan Airport is the most convenient for Klosters and St Moritz.
Fly to Chambery (CMF) from London, from €2,470 per person return. Chambery Airport is the most convenient for Courchevel, Meribel and Val D’Isere.
Fly to Geneva (GVA) from London, from €2,130 per person return. Geneva Airport is the most convenient for Chamonix.
Fly to Annecy (NCY) from London, from €2,480 per person return. Annecy Airport is the most convenient for Megeve.
Prices are based on 4 people travelling. Please contact us for a personalised quote.
What about altiports?
Commercially chartered private jets are not permitted to land at altiports like Megeve, Meribel and Courchevel. The private jets you might see landing there are privately owned and operated flights so do not have the restrictions of a commercially operated flight, which a private jet charter would be. However, it is possible to land a helicopter at these Alpine altiports and this is how many of our client flying into Sion, Samedan, Chambery, Geneva and Annecy choose to arrive closer to their resort.
Timing is everything when precious time on the slopes is at stake.
Friday. Leave London by private jet charter; be on the slopes within a couple of hours with 2 further full days of skiing ahead of you.
Saturday. Ski (or board) until your heart is content.
Sunday. Enjoy a full day on the empty slopes (when everyone else is on the bus to the airport) before heading back to the UK on your evening private jet flight.
Where to stay
For a selection of the best winter chalets in France and Switzerland, look no further than SJ Villas, who have personally visited and curated a small collection of some of the very best ski chalets in Europe to make absolutely sure you will be well looked after. Our personal favourite is The Lodge in Verbier.
When it comes to travelling with children, the convenience and privacy of private jet travel really comes into its own.
Luxury travel isn’t always synonymous with travelling with children, yet with a private jet charter it’s perfectly possible to have a hassle-free travel experience and keep the children happy at the same time.
A private jet charter for your next family holiday allows you the freedom to travel on your own schedule – you can dictate the departure times to fit around school timetables, nap times or adjust to a new time-zone with ease.
Most private flights depart from smaller airports, opening up a wide choice of departure points closer to your home and avoiding the congested major UK airports. You’ll find it easier to park too and in many places you’ll be able to pull up right outside the private terminal or aircraft. It works the same way for your destination too – using smaller airports means you can arrive closer to your final destination and avoid tedious transfers on the ground.
We can also assist with onward travel to your destination by helicopter, sea-plane or limousine.
Choosing the right aircraft
As an aircraft charter broker, we can source a suitable aircraft from a global network of trusted operators, ensuring that you will travel on a plane that perfectly suits your needs and budget, without compromising on quality.
On-board features on a private jet can also help children to settle into the flight quickly; older children will appreciate technology like inflight Wi-Fi and younger ones can rest on a jet equipped with a sofa (or bed for long-haul flights) to avoid over-tiredness and ensure they arrive well rested.
Your child’s furry friends can join them in the cabin too – as long as your pet’s documents and vaccinations are up to date, we can organise for them to travel on the flight.
For the curious child, there might also be the opportunity to take a look round the flight deck!
Choosing the right airport
Travelling from a private terminal means you can avoid long queues and a lengthy check in process too (security queues at major airports are a particular pain point for most parents) – we recommend arriving 30 minutes before your flight departs, but it’s possible to cut this down to 15 minutes.
The time saved by flying on a chartered aircraft can sometimes add up to an extra day of vacation time at your destination.
“Hiring a good travelling nanny is essential to a stress free holiday with children” says Nicola Rushmere, a Private Household Consultant at SORTED Personal Management. “Travelling with small children can be challenging, whether flying privately or on commercial flights, so an extra pair of hands is always useful – an on hand entertainer is always a bonus!”
“From organising the packing and keeping your children entertained with activities on the flight, to taking them off on adventures so you can relax by the pool, a travelling nanny gives you the ultimate flexibility. Our experienced nannies and mannies (male nannies) are as at home on the slopes as they are on the beach – nothing fazes them!”
Reducing the cost
When travelling in a group, a private jet charter can provide a viable and cost-effective alternative to peak season travel on a scheduled flight with a commercial airline – when prices often dramatically increase outside of term-time.
Some savvy families share the cost of a private jet charter to make it more affordable or enable them all to travel in a larger, more comfortable aircraft.
To find out more about private jet charter for your family, please contact Matthew Savage on +44 (0)1293 551244 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thousands of clients trust us to charter for them every year, and it’s a responsibility we take very seriously. When the unexpected happens, we’re there to resolve it as quickly as possible for you.
Take a recent charter flight for a private jet client and his family, departing from London Biggin Hill. Unfortunately the chartered aircraft had a problem and couldn’t be used. Worst case scenario – and not one we face very often.
Our Sales Director, Matthew, was at the airport seeing off our charter flights that day, as we do regularly as part of our personal service. It meant that we were able to immediately step in to resolve the situation. The team in the office were on it right away, but Matthew was in the best place to find an aircraft nearby.
With a bit of quick thinking, he checked which private jets had recently landed to see if we would be able to charter any of them. Within 30 minutes, a suitable replacement aircraft had been sourced and was ready to take the family home. They experienced a very minimal delay and were unaware that there was ever a real problem. Had it not been for our personal service on the ground and the quick reactions of our team, this might not have been the case.
We’re now in our 12th year of aircraft charter brokerage and we continue to strive for excellence in everything we do, as we have done since the company was founded in 2005.
Our team’s experience in the aviation and travel industry is quite unique.
We have over 100 years of combined experience in aviation and air travel; each team member is experienced in their own field and many have held senior management and operational roles at major airlines.
As well as recruiting the best, we believe it’s as important to invest in future talent and our successful partnership with East Surrey College ensures we have an input into the next generation of aviation professionals. It means we are able to take on some of the best new minds from their aviation courses, for work experience and graduate placements.
Our new brokers undertake training with BACA to learn about the specific skills that make up an exceptional aircraft charter broker and are given guidance on how to maintain the highest standards of expertise and conduct in the market, with topics like contract law, ground handling, airports and regulation, as well as what it takes to keep an aircraft in the air.
Our graduate recruit, Alex Wade, recently attended his first BACA training course and found it a valuable experience;
“Being able to listen to experienced professionals on topics related to the charter industry as well as hear from aircraft operators and other brokers on how best to conduct business in the industry was great and something I found very useful. Hearing from KROLL on cyber security in the afternoon session was very interesting too; it’s definately something that is becoming an increasing concern globally so it was great to hear what precautions we can take to stay protected.
I took a lot away from the training day and will use what I’ve learned going forward in my work as a developing charter broker.
As my first experience of a BACA event, I thoroughly enjoyed the training day and look forward to attending more BACA events and training days in the future.”
Our BACA membership
Baltic Air Charter Association (BACA) is the leading association focussed on the role of the air charter broker in the aviation market and works to promote integrity and ethical business practices. They work with the whole air charter market, from helicopters, to business jets, to commercial passenger and cargo.
Our BACA membership demonstrates our commitment to delivering the highest levels of service and conduct in the industry. It also gives our charter specialists the opportunity to network with their peers and discuss the latest industry developments. At these events, shared issues and ideas are discussed and thought leadership provided by some of the most experienced personnel in the air charter industry.
For our clients, our membership offers reassurance that we strive to deliver excellence in every aspect of our service and benefit from the unique skills and knowledge of our highly experienced team of charter brokers. We follow the BACA code of practice and rules set out as the standard of conduct for the air charter market.