How to Calculate the Cost of a Private Charter

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Flyte Aero on Apr 10, 2019 12:16:16 PM

Private travel doesn’t have to be out of your reach. When you know what to look for in a private flight, you can craft an experience that not only fits your budget but will also allow you to fully enjoy the flexibility, efficiency, security, and comfort that private travel is known for.

If you’re still learning how to build a budget for a private jet charter, then there are a few factors that you’re going to want to keep in mind. In addition to cabin size, amenities, and travel route, there are several other factors to consider as you charter a private flight. Here are three of them:

Crew

While every private flight will come with pilots—usually chosen by the aircraft’s operator—it’s possible to request additional crew, such as a third pilot for longer flights and flight attendants for an elevated experience. Most private charters go by an hourly rate, and as such, hiring additional crew members will increase the hourly rate of your trip.

However, depending on the size of the group you’re traveling with it may be worth the extra fees to have a flight attendant onboard with you. If you’re traveling with a group, for example, then the extra investment can go a long way toward maximizing the group’s comfort and overall enjoyment of the experience.

Airports

Private aircraft can land at most airports, but that doesn’t mean you’ll want them to land at just any airport. In most situations, landing a private aircraft at a large airport is not only far more expensive than landing at a smaller airport, but it’s far more time-consuming as well. For example, if you’ve booked a private flight for a trip and want to land at the Las Vegas international airport you could end up paying, at a minimum, an additional $1000 than if you flew into a smaller nearby airport just 15 minutes from the world famous Las Vegas strip.  

Smaller airports are not only less expensive than their larger counterparts, but they’ll also help you avoid waiting in long flight or landing approval queues and sometimes allow to drive directly onto the tarmac when you’re boarding or disembarking the plane at the end of the trip.

It’s also worth noting that charter rates and airport fees tend to increase during the peak travel seasons and around the holidays, so keep that in mind as well as you calculate the cost.

Empty Legs

If you want a private flight experience at a discount, then you can always try looking for “empty leg” flights. These flights occur when a private jet has to fly to a specific airport in order to be available for its next route. If you want to go to the airport it’s going, then you can often grab a seat at a substantial discount.  

Empty leg flights can cost anywhere from 30-75% less than a regular charter since the plane would’ve been flying empty otherwise. There’s not a lot of flexibility with empty leg flights, but the affordability makes them an attractive option to consider.

Ready to get started? Flyte Aero can help! We’ll go above and beyond what other charter agents can provide, and we’re excited to help guide you through the process of booking a private flight for your next trip. Reach out to us today!

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