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Smart Aviation Heads Straight to the Finals



16 May 2022: Smart Aviation, the leaders in global sports aircraft chartering, is reporting a record number of sports group charter bookings as the culmination of 2021-2022 sporting seasons come to a climax this May. Over the last 17 years, we have transported thousands of teams, media, VIPS and sporting fans to high profile sporting fixtures all across the world. Following two years of restricted travel due to Covid-19, the sporting arm of the business is back with a bang, chartering a vast array of flights to key football and rugby tournament finals in Spain and France over the next few weeks. 

Smart Aviation has arranged 13 dedicated charters for Rangers F.C. fans who will see their team take on Eintracht Frankfurt in the UEFA Europa League Final on Wednesday, 18th May 2022. The complex schedule of chartered flights includes a mix of day trips and overnight trips from Glasgow to the beautiful Spanish city of Seville, where the match will be played at the Ramón Sánchez-Pizjuán Stadium. 

Liverpool F.C. look to continue their winning streak following their FA Cup victory over Chelsea F.C. last Saturday, as they head to the UEFA Champions League Final in Paris on Saturday, 28th May to play against Real Madrid. Smart Aviation is arranging charters for Liverpool’s loyal fans who hope to see their team lift the trophy for the seventh time. 

Smart Aviation’s comprehensive sports charter operation is also involved in the Rugby League’s Heineken Champions Cup Final on Saturday, 28th May. Irish favourites Leinster will battle it out against La Rochelle in the beautiful Stade Vélodrome in Marseille. Passionate Irish fans will travel alongside sporting officials and VIPS to Marsellie in France, on a variety of different charters from Dublin, planned meticulously by Smart Aviation. 

Alongside these chartered flights, Smart Aviation is also working on a range of bespoke private jet bookings for clients to travel to Paris, Seville and Marseille in style from a range of UK private jet terminals.

Smart representatives will be on hand at each of the departing airports to ensure a smooth departure for both new and existing clients, which is all part of the Smart Service – going that extra mile to provide exceptional customer care.

Smart Aviation was founded in 2005 by Managing Director Mark Hawkins, an established sports charter specialist with almost 30 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 17 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: “We are delighted to be back doing such large volume sports charters. Sport has always been at the core of what we do as a company and unfortunately, Covid hit this area of travel hard. Our highly skilled team 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.”

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.

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Private Charter flights are highly recommended for sports team travel, providing a safer and more flexible travel option.

Despite the tough year for the Aviation industry – Smart Aviation has been seeing an increase in charter flights in March. Thanks to international football matches still being allowed to continue. This is, of course, without fans but nevertheless Smart has been involved in moving international football teams to their World Cup qualifiers matches and some international friendlies. March has been our busiest month so far this year with over 19 charters for domestic UK football teams and football teams around Europe, which is proof that the industry is picking up and confidence is growing in air travel once again.

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Clive Head, our specialist sports broker has over 30 years experience in the industry and has been working hard with some international federations and teams as well as our trusted suppliers to ensure everything is organised to ensure smooth transfers of players and kit to their final destination in a safe manner.

At Smart we don’t just charter for football. We are incredibly proud that over the last quarter we have been involved in moving sports men and women to Ice Hockey, Handball and Basketball games. We have also been working hard with the organisers of the high profile Boxing match in Gibraltar this weekend. Brief’s such as these, especially in these current times take a lot of planning and we have worked closely with Inflite private terminal in Stansted and other authorities to ensure the passengers all have the correct paperwork in order to be allowed to travel and to ensure their journey is seamless from the point of departure to their arrival in Gibraltar.

As always, the Smart operations team were on hand 24/7 updating our clients with flight progress using industry leading systems.

Why choose Smart?

– You’re dealing with the experts. Our goal is excellence in service and execution – our extensive knowledge and expertise ensure we deliver.
– Our unrivalled operator relationships ensure you get the most cost-effective solution, without compromising on quality.
– Our operational support team is on-hand 24/7, 365 days a year, to deal with the unexpected and keep you flying – for total peace of mind.

Contact Smart Aviation today for more information.
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Sports charters to all the big finals

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.

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