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The 9 Biggest Airports in The World

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You can travel anywhere in the world with a private jet. Find the biggest airports in the world and decide which one works best for you.

You can travel anywhere you want to around the world – especially in a private jet. In fact, you have even more options with a private jet since their smaller size allows them to access even the tiniest, most remote airports in the world. Today, though, we are focusing on the biggest airports in the world. Why? Because even the smallest private jets have clout at a massive airport.

Besides, there is a good chance these airports are so large because so many travelers frequent them. And that could signal that it is a good place to add to your bucket list.

So what are the world’s 9 biggest airports in the world? Let’s take a look.

1.Beijing Daxing International Airport (PKX)

The largest airport in the world – since its opening in 2019 – is this airport in Beijing, China. The terminal alone is 7.5 million square feet, with the entire airport taking up more than 18 square miles. It was designed with the future in mind — and with being the biggest and the best. Even its design shape – a futuristic starfish – was done with efficiency in mind, moving passengers along at quick speeds. This is what will allow them to reach their goal of serving over 100 million passengers by 2040.

The best part, Beijing took environmental and sustainability options seriously when building this airport. The use of solar panels, water management systems, waste heat recovery systems, and more allows the huge airport to have a lower negative impact on the world around it.

2. King Fahd International Airport (DMM)

King Fahd International Airport is also known as Dammam Airport – and it serves as a hub for airlines that serve the area, such as Saudia, SaudiGulf Airlines, and Flynas. It handles more than 12 million passengers every year.

This three-terminal, 3.5 million square feet airport was officially opened in 1999. And, truth be told, it was the largest airport globally until Beijing’s PKX took over that spot.

Inside you will find a Hilton Hotel, a Mosque that can hold over 2,000 worshippers, shopping, dining, and more amenities.

3. Denver International Airport (DEN)

Who knew that we’d go from China to Dubai to… Denver, Colorado?! That’s right. Denver’s airport rings in at number 3 on the list of the biggest airports in the world. And, as you can tell, it is the biggest airport in the United States. It is the biggest employer in the state of Colorado (with just under 40,000 employees).

This airport takes up 52.4 square miles, serves approximately 23 different airlines, and serves about 69 million passengers annually.

4. Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW)

Imagine an airport so large that it has its very own zip code! Well, that’s what you will find here. This airport is 27 square miles and is essentially considered its own city by the U.S. postal service. It has been around since 1974 and has 5 terminals and 7 runways.  DFW is the only airport in the world with four runways that are longer than 4,000 meters.

The airport is home to American Airlines and serves hundreds of destinations, both domestic and international.

5. Orlando International Airport (MCO)

It should be no surprise that the airport that serves Disney World would be on this list! MCO accommodates an average of 50 million passengers every year – and it covers about 11 acres of land. With flights to over 135 destinations internationally and domestically, it keeps things organized with one major terminal divided into two, A and B.

6. Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL)

This airport located in Atlanta, Georgia has been ranked one of the busiest airports in the world — every year since 1998. This popular transition spot allows for easy access to many places throughout the U.S. – most within about a 2-hour flight. Though it seems to be more popular among domestic flights than international, it is still a large, bustling airport that nearly every U.S. traveler has passed through at one point or another.

7. Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK)

Beijing’s airport is known as the busiest airport in Asia and can accommodate over 100 million people annually. It may have always been large, but the 2008 Olympics definitely had something to do with it making it on this list. Terminal 3 was added in preparation for the games – and it is massive. In fact, it is even listed among the largest structures worldwide!

Just as Atlanta’s airport is a major hub for the U.S., so is Beijing to China.

8. Dubai International Airport (DXB)

This airport in Dubai is the air travel hot spot for the United Arab Emirates, though it is one of the most used airports by international travelers. Here you will find a massive Terminal 3, as well – just like Beijing. While it officially lost its status in 2013, DXB’s Terminal 3 was dubbed the largest building in the world between 2008 and 2013. It’s still a giant building, though. And just because fun facts are cool to know, this huge terminal is also home to the still most successful airport retailer in the world – Dubai Duty-Free.

9. Shanghai Pudong International Airport (PVG)

This Chinese airport is the third one on the list, with many Chinese airlines calling it home. And, it is, by far, the busiest airport in mainland China.

As for its size, PVG takes up about 10,000 acres of land and handles approximately 75 million passengers annually, both international and domestic. Currently, there are plans in the works to expand its two terminals by adding a third.

Smallest Jet, Biggest Airport

It doesn’t matter the size of the airport; a private jet can get you there. And that includes the biggest airports. A lot happens around the world – in China, Dubai, and even in Denver. So much to see, so much to do. But if you intend to travel to some of these places, keep this in mind — massive airports mean a massive amount of people.

If you want to avoid all the foot traffic and truly enjoy your travels, fly private. It is an experience that flies high above all the others.

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6 Summer Trips To Europe and Why You Should Fly Private

Need some new vacation ideas? Travel around the world in style with 6 Summer trips to Europe in a private jet. 

Summer is slowly drawing to a close. And that means it is time to book those last-minute getaways and feel rejuvenated as you welcome fall and all it brings. Who says you can’t head off to Europe and explore?

We have six summer trips to Europe – and reasons why you should travel there via a private jet. Come on, let’s go!

Safety with COVID

You may be wondering why we are even talking about traveling when COVID-19 is becoming even more prevalent than it was initially, thanks to the Delta variant. And, you’re right – COVID-19 is still here, and it is very real. But as a world, we aren’t still where we were back in early 2020. Despite there being many people who are not vaccinated, many are. And they want to travel.

There are considerable warnings; however, that should be heeded.

As of July 26, 2021, some countries were part of the U.S. State Department’s Do Not Travel list. These include Spain, Portugal, Cyprus, and Britain due to their increasing number of coronavirus cases. Yet, the British government announced they are welcoming Americans who are fully vaccinated. No matter where you travel during these times, you should check before leaving the country.

The best way you can stay safe but still get out there and enjoy a trip to Europe is to:

  • Double-check all travel advisories before your trip. Take note of any requirements for proof of vaccination or negative test results. Also, check whether any quarantine period is going to be necessary.
  • Continue to follow the CDC recommendations for minimizing risk, such as wearing a mask, washing your hands, etc.
  • Consider flying private so that you can greatly reduce your exposure to germs from large crowds in security lines, airports in general, and on crowded flights.

It is safe to plan your trip to Europe as long as you follow the necessary precautions.  And, if you choose a private jet to get you there.

Perks of Flying Private

There are many perks of flying private. There are, of course, luxurious accommodations, flexible schedules, and the ability to use FBOs and less busy airports. Then there is the fact that flying private gives you more accessible entertainment and the ability to stay connected on a long flight. And, did we say long flight? We did. That’s because flights to Europe can last a while — so why not be comfortable on a private jet while you travel?

Finally, back to the whole COVID-safety factor. Private jets keep you from being around massive amounts of strangers (and their germs) in several different ways. Plus, they are sanitized and ready for you when you get there – so you can feel safe and comfortable.

So, now that you know how to get there, you need to decide where you’re going. Here are 6 ideas for you.

Best Summer Trips to Europe for the Solo Travelers

Dubrovnik, Croatia. This country is a safe one for solo travelers with a lot to see and do. And, if you are a fan of Game of Thrones, well, there are many sights you may recognize throughout your journey here. While in Dubrovnik, be sure to walk the city walls of Old Town for some incredible views.

Glasgow, Scotland. If you are looking for a European city to explore with fun things to do while surrounded by great people – without sending you home broke, then this is it. Glasgow is an amiable city where the locals welcome you into their circles. You will find lots of pubs (it’s Scotland, after all), street vendors, artsy spaces, live music, eclectic shops, and so much more. Don’t miss out on the magnificent countryside, too.

Best Summer Trips to Europe for Adventure-Seekers

Brasov, Romania. If you are looking to get outside and enjoy the best of both summer and winter-type fun, then Brasov may be the place for your European getaway. You will find things to do like hiking, skydiving, and water parks. But you will also find snowboarding and skiing to be possible thanks to the Carpathian Mountains. On top of all the adventure, just strolling through the city, you will be in awe at the rich history, the architecture, and the markets.

Durmitor National Park, Montenegro. If you have been on a quest to find that one destination that would take your breath away, you may find it here in Durmitor National Park. And, since it is most popular among tourists in the winter, you will find it untouched in the summertime. You will find zip lining across a canyon, hiking, overnight adventures, mountain goats, and so much more. You will not be disappointed.

Best Summer Trips to Europe for Families

Amsterdam, Netherlands. If you are looking for someplace fun to take the whole family, you may not think that Amsterdam is the place, but it is. You will find so many things to do, from indulging your family in art museums and rich history to spending time at the beach. There is the zoo, delicious food, and so much more. It’s definitely a trip your whole family will remember for years to come.

Vienna, Austria. Vienna is a fantastic place for families. You will find good, wholesome surroundings and feel-good activities—things like bookstores, amusement park rides, and lots of music. In fact, Vienna has been dubbed the capital of music. There are so many interactive exhibits for some classical music greats that your ears will be dazzled, and your kids’ minds will be opened.

Be Safe, Travel Far – Onboard a Private Jet

Summer travel doesn’t have to stop because of the world around us. Instead, it would help if you made amendments to your plans. Whether traveling solo, looking for a great adventure or bringing the whole fam along, as long as you head out on a private jet, you can keep yourself safe without missing a thing in Europe this summer.

Europe is a huge continent. Where will your end-of-summer travels take you?

 

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Summer Travel Tips 2021: Advantages of a Private Jet

Here are our top six summer travel tips for 2021. People are getting out and about, so make sure that you know how to navigate the crowds.

Are you heading out for your summer travel? With life so chaotic and ever-changing, a vacation this summer is desirable– and deserved. Though too often, the idea of a delightful escape is overshadowed by the frustrations of travel. It can make the idea of getting away sound better than the real thing. 

Here is a bit of good news – choose private air travel for your summer adventure and enjoy the many advantages that come with it. And, well, with private air travel more affordable and accessible than ever, there is even more reason to give it a try. 

Let’s look at a few advantages of a private jet with these summer travel tips for 2021. 

Summer Travel Tips #1: Avoid the Frustrations of Airports

Airports – especially major airports – can breed frustration. With so many people together in one place, it is bound to get a little crazy. Add in the stress of travel in general, and the warm, fuzzy, welcoming factor doesn’t exist. Everyone has an itinerary, yet they all need to go through the motions required to get on their commercial flight. 

There are long lines in the parking lot and drop-off areas. There are check-in lines and to check baggage. There are long lines at security checkpoints. And then – once you think you are free – you have to wait for your flight at the gate. It is no wonder why they require you to arrive at the airport at least two hours before your scheduled flight.

When you choose to travel on a private jet, you get to avoid all these frustrations — including major airports entirely! Private jets depart from smaller FBOs that don’t come with all the foot traffic. There are no lengthy check-in points or places to check your baggage. And, you only need to arrive no longer than 20 minutes before your scheduled flight. After all, heading out on vacation should not start with aggravating situations. 

Bypass Long Security Lines and TSA Travel Restrictions

Have you ever stood in a security line at a major airport, watching the time on your watch tick away? Your flight time is getting closer and closer — and you can’t even see the front of the line. The thought of potentially missing your flight due to security checkpoint delays can quickly increase anxiety. 

Traveling via a private jet means no longer having to worry about TSA restrictions. You can often avoid airports entirely and pull up to your jet and board. However, keep in mind that some FBOs may require a simple security checkpoint depending on where you are traveling to/from, but it is not always the case. 

One thing you will never have to worry about again is how many ounces of liquid you have in a bottle. If you want to travel with your own beverages, 

a full-size bottle of perfume, or shampoo – go for it. There are no restrictions against it on private jets. 

Book Last Minute – Or Bring Last-Minute Guests

Booking a commercial flight usually means looking way in advance of your intended travel date. It can even entail searching different websites trying to find the best deal. Forget about booking last minute as you will typically find yourself facing hefty fees. 

With private travel, booking way in advance is not recommended. It is doable, but unless you have some complex travel plans, there is a diminishing return on the advanced booking. Your best decision would be to book no earlier than three months before you travel. It should be noted that booking next-day travel is widely accepted in private travel. And, same-day travel is often a possibility, too. 

Enjoy Trip Flexibility

Booking a commercial flight means you have travel times and dates that may also be set in stone. If you book a flight from Miami to Las Vegas and it has a 3-hour layover in Dallas-Fort Worth, you can’t very well ask the pilot to shorten that layover. Or if your flight leaves at 6:30 am, but you wanted to enjoy breakfast and a little shopping before heading home, your plane is not going to wait for you. 

That kind of flexibility just doesn’t come with commercial travel. But it does come with private travel. You get a lot of flexibility with private travel. For instance, you can choose when you want to depart and, if you are running a couple of minutes late, the jet is not going to take off without its only passenger. 

Layovers are nonexistent in the private travel world unless, of course, your trip requires refueling. This means you can get to and from your destination much faster – and without a lot of wasted time. 

Keep Yourself Safe From Germs

If we have learned anything over the last year and a half, germs we can’t see can halt the world in an instant. The world has opened back up, and we are free to travel, but COVID-19 is still here – and the Delta variant seems to be moving with rapid force. Avoid crowds all together with these summer travel tips regarding COVID-19.

Entering a busy airport or flying a commercial airline may not be as risky as it was last year, but the risks are there — great ones for those unvaccinated. Bumping knees and elbows with your seatmate does not fit the definition of social distancing. 

Keep yourself and those you care about safe by traveling privately. You are the only one on board, in addition to the crew. Cleanliness and sanitizing standards recommended by the CDC are met — and there is no mixing with strangers to increase your risk. This allows you to remain safe while still being able to travel. And that’s a priceless combination. 

Kickoff Your Vacation in Luxury with a Private Jet

When you finally decide to take a vacation, you need to enjoy it to the fullest. And that means from the moment you leave home for your flight. Private jets have so many advantages over commercial air travel that we couldn’t list them all here. 

So, wherever your summer plans take you, be sure to get there via a private jet, and follow our summer travel tips for 2021. Comfortable, luxurious accommodations and flexibility, free from germs and long lines – what more could you ask for? 

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Small Private Jets That Are Great For Any Occasion

Small private jets make travel easier than ever. Learn about some of the most popular light and very light jets in the industry. 

Why Small Private Jets?

There will come a time when getting away is just needed. Maybe it is a weekend getaway because you feel like you need a break from life for a moment. Perhaps it is a business trip that is going to help secure a new client. Maybe your daughter is giving birth to your first grandchild, and you don’t want to miss it. Or, maybe you want to show your future spouse something spectacular – and propose. 

From ordinary moments to extraordinary memories, the ability to travel via private jets makes the distance seem almost nonexistent. You can travel between two places with ease – no heavy airport traffic or long security lines, no flying with strangers, no wasted hours spent on layovers, and no more pressure to not miss your flight. 

Private travel is one of the best ways to get from Point A to Point B. There are different sizes with different amenities that can travel a variety of distances without refueling. But if you are looking for a great jet for any occasion – day trip or otherwise – then small private jets are your go-to. 

In private travel, small private jets are known as light jets or very light jets. Let’s take a look at both. 

Very Light Jets

Very light jets, as their name suggests, are some of the smallest private aircraft available. You may have heard of them referred to as microjets, personal jets, or even entry-level jets. Just because they are small does not mean they are not mighty. Very light jets can give you an enjoyable flight for shorter distances, 500 nautical miles on average, before requiring a stop to refuel. 

Many very light jets are available and, while they are all small, they vary in passenger availability. Generally, these jets can accommodate 4 to 6 passengers (with some holding even more). It’s important to note that these jets don’t usually come with a lavatory due to their size, but they typically are not needed due to the short distances they travel. Lastly, you will find that very light jets often fly with a single pilot. 

Very light jets are perfect for short trips and day trips. And while they are often an excellent, comfortable, and preferred way to travel, they don’t always have the highest luxury or list of amenities as larger jets. 

Light Jets

Light jets are often slightly larger than very light jets. However, both are relatively comparable in size. They have space for luggage storage – and can even accommodate your golf clubs if it’s golf that has you flying high. 

Most light jets can hold up to 5 or 6 passengers, but keep in mind this could vary based on the specific small private jets. And one thing you often do find on a light jet that differs from most very light jets is that they have a lavatory. These jets are likely to come with a few more amenities and luxurious accommodations than the smaller jets. 

Light jets can travel distances of up to 1,500 nautical miles – on average – before requiring refueling. This means they are great for day trips or even longer. Travel from places like New York City to Miami without stopping makes light jets an excellent option for your travel needs.

Small Private Jets You Won’t Want to Miss 

So, you are learning that small private jets are incredible for any occasion, but how do you know which small jet to book? If you have looked online to try and book your trip and choose your jet, you may be overwhelmed by the options. That’s because light jets and very light jets are so popular. 

When booking, you need to consider specific criteria of your trip, such as how many passengers you will have, the distance you need to travel, and the amenities you are looking for. And, of course, you want to know just what each private jet has to offer you — so you will know whether it will meet your needs, right? That’s why we have put together a shortlist of some of the most popular light jets and very light jets available. 

Eclipse 500

The Eclipse 500 is a small jet that is perfect for private travel because it is a very comfortable option. However, the thing about it is that it is very light – even for being a very light jet. Most jets weigh at least 10,000lbs, but the Eclipse 500 comes in at less than 6,000lbs. What does this mean for you as the passenger? The jet is fuel-efficient to run – and the savings in fuel can trickle down to you, making this a more affordable option. 

Here are the details: 

  • 1,300-mile travel distance
  • Climate control
  • Quiet flight experience
  • Stowaway armrests for more room
  • Windows
  • Seating for 3 to 4 passengers

Cessna Citation Mustang

There are many citation jets, but the Cessna Citation Mustang is among the most popular small private jets. It holds 4- passengers and two pilots in a surprisingly roomy interior. You will not feel cramped while onboard this jet. Check out the features: 

  • Can travel halfway across the U.S. before needing to refuel.
  • Large windows
  • Leather interior
  • Top speeds of 391mph
  • Climate control
  • External storage for luggage

Embraer

Another perfect option for a small jet is the Embraer Phenom 100, which offers you room for 5 to 7 passengers. This one comes with a mixture of simplicity and a luxurious, modern design. It is comfortable and leads to a wonderful flight experience. Here are some details: 

  • Max speeds of 465 mph
  • Leather interior
  • Inside designed for comfort by BMW
  • Air conditioning and climate control
  • Windows
  • 1,300-mile travel distance

Citation CE-560

Citations are famous aircraft in the world of private jets. And the Citation CE-560 offers a lot of space and baggage capacity and a touch of luxury, too. You will get a complete lavatory that makes things even more enjoyable. It comes with the following: 

  • Max speeds of 247 mph
  • Travel range of 1,900 miles
  • Windows
  • Climate control
  • Increased baggage capacity

Final Thoughts

When you are ready to head out on your next adventure, know that a private light jet or very light jet is waiting for you. 

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How To Get The Best Private Jet Last Minute Deals

Private jet last-minute deals are all around you, whether you realize it or not! Join private jet alert groups, seek out empty leg flights, and look into The Early Air Way’s Jet Card.

Are you on a quest for the best private jet last-minute deals?

Have you ever had to fly somewhere on a whim? Maybe it was due to an illness or death in the family. Perhaps it was due to a last-minute important business meeting. Or maybe you just wanted to surprise your significant other with a spontaneous weekend getaway.

However, while you ended up looking for a last-minute flight, you were probably faced with some very unexpected high prices. Not only can this put a damper on your mood, but it can also discourage you from taking that flight.

Good news! There are ways to get private jet last-minute deals that will get you in the air faster than you would imagine, at prices you can be proud of. Let’s take a look at how this gets done.

Empty Leg Flights

Empty leg flights are a great way to gain access to private jet last-minute deals. These flights are called empty legs because they have to travel to a specific destination but don’t have any passengers on board. Therefore, if you want to hitch a ride, you can at a rate lower than you would expect. See, the private jet is going with – or without – you. Because having a paying passenger on board is a bonus, your fee to fly is reduced.

How did empty legs come to be?

Consider a private charter that flew passengers from New York to Indianapolis. It needs to return to New York for another scheduled flight. If you are in (or near) Indianapolis and are looking to head to New York, this could be a great catch.

While you get the opportunity to travel private at a great cost, you will not have as much flexibility in travel times as you normally would when booking a charter. Not necessarily a bad thing, but something to keep in mind, nonetheless.

Join Programs or Groups

Becoming a member of certain private travel groups or programs can give you access to private jet last-minute deals when they happen. They may be options that allow you to get info before it goes public or gets all your deals in one place. There are even Facebook groups and others where private jets may post about availability.

You may find that these offer you great options, or you may find that they do not have anything that tickles your fancy. Search around and find some that seem to align with your travel habits and consider signing up.

Pay Someone to Find a Charter

Believe it or not, there are some people out there who pay for an intermediary to find them the best charter price. The problem is that while you may get yourself a decent charter rate, you are leaving yourself with having to pay someone else. The result? When it is all said and done, did you really save money? Maybe a little, but not as much as you could with empty legs or, better yet, a direct membership card.

The Early Air Way Jet Card

Then there is that card that comes along linking you to a service that just sets its standard above all the rest. In this instance, that card is The Early Air Way Jet Card

If you do any research, you will discover that many charter companies offer the same sort of membership deal for their frequent fliers. The difference is that The Early Air Way searched through all their benefits and options, additional charges and hidden fees, and put together a card deal that gives you the most benefits for the best price. For instance – some flights you book using the card can be 50% less than what you would pay with other fixed-cost type membership deals.

The conveniences you will find with this jet card are plentiful. Imagine booking a flight with a simple text message. You send over a message of when and where you would like to travel as if you were telling a best friend. The Early Air Way responds with a price. Quick response with the word “approve,” and you have got yourself a booked flight. It is that simple. Contact through email is an option, too. Either way, there is no paperwork, no in-person or e-doc signing for each flight.

And let’s say that enhancements such as a special gift when you board or the direct connection to a concierge can make your private travel experience that much better.

Get Those Wheels Up Fast

One of the best things about booking a last-minute charter flight is the ability to get those wheels up fast. That is, after all, the ultimate goal. In many cases, such as with The Early Air Way jet card, you can be in the air in about two hours. Empty leg flights and other methods may be able to get you in the air fast, too, but you do not always have as much flexibility or freedom with these methods.

Flying last minute does not have to cost a fortune. With more and more people turning to private jet charters to meet their travel needs – especially during the coronavirus pandemic and post-pandemic – the demand for greater affordability is there. And greater access to flights is there, too.

Private Jet Last-Minute Deals: Final Thoughts

Companies, such as The Early Air Way, are working to make private jet charters something within reach for many people, with many private jet last-minute deals. Cut down on the busy schedules and searching through pages of flights. Kick the cheapest flights that post at 3 pm on Tuesday mentality to the curb. Find options that will allow you to get the best deal ever with the least amount of effort. After all, you just want to travel, right?

Join private jet last-minute deals groups, seek out empty leg flights, and look into The Early Air Way’s Jet Card. You are sure to find some great last-minute deals no matter where your travel log takes you – and you will take off as soon as possible.

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Tips and Tricks to Help Manage Your Aviophobia

Aviophobia may feel overwhelming, but with the right supports, it doesn’t have to hold you back. Here’s how you can start working on your fear today!

Does the idea of taking to the skies strike fear in your heart? If you suffer from Aviophobia (the fear of flying), you probably relate to this sentiment a great deal. In a world where people travel large distances more often than ever, suffering from a fear of flying can seriously cripple your potential for adventure and work.

Fortunately, there’s a tremendous amount of research available showing that patients with aviophobia don’t have to suffer forever. Depending on the level of your fear, you may be able to negate it with just a small amount of effort. Here’s how you can start working on your fear right now!

Understand the Symptoms of Aviophobia

Aviophobia can bring on a long list of symptoms, each of which can be decidedly debilitating, but many of these symptoms can be caused by illness, too. Recognizing the symptoms and how they connect with each other can help you determine whether you’re experiencing aviophobia or some other medical condition.

The most common symptoms include:

  • Headaches
  • Clammy skin
  • Sweating
  • Muscle spasms
  • High heart rates
  • Stomach pains
  • Stomach cramping
  • Diarrhea/constipation
  • Shortness of breath
  • Anxiety and/or irritability
  • Heart palpitations
  • Chest pains

Most of these symptoms fall under the same umbrella – anxiety and/or panic attacks. However, unlike General Anxiety Disorder or Panic Disorder, the symptoms of aviophobia go away after you are no longer exposed to the trigger (flying).

Unfortunately, anxiety and adrenaline can often make flyers feel as if they’re “having a heart attack” or dying; it is exceptionally rare for this to actually be the case. Usually, this is simply a symptom of your body being forced into “fight or flight” mode (no pun intended). By working on your fear, you can successfully reduce the incidence of these symptoms.

One small caveat: some symptoms, (including chest pains and heart palpitations) should always be addressed by a physician to rule out other serious health concerns. Although anxiety is by far the most common cause, it’s better to be safe about your health.

How to Manage Aviophobia

Managing this is possible, and there are many techniques you can use to achieve it. The most common ways to manage aviophobia include:

  • Utilizing deep breathing exercises
  • Types of hands-on therapy
  • Meditation
  • Flying charter instead
  • Medication

Below, we explore each of these techniques and the benefits of each in detail.

Try Deep Breathing Exercises

If your fear is mild, simple deep breathing exercises alone may be enough to bring you back down to Earth. Start by breathing in deeply and slowly to the count of three or four (whatever is most comfortable. Then, hold the breath for the same count. Finally, breathe out slowly, following the same count.

Breathing exercises work best when done “low and slow,” so actively try to avoid rapid breathing or hyperventilating. If you find yourself getting dizzy or feeling uncomfortable, you’re probably breathing a little bit too fast.

Seek Professional Help

We tend to think of therapy as something people seek when they have long-term, chronic mental health struggles. Truthfully, psychotherapy is a great way to address even infrequent concerns like aviophobia. Through Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) or Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), your therapist can help you face your fears head-on. Both of these forms of psychotherapy focus on finding the source of fears and creating new coping skills that alleviate fear symptoms.

Licensed therapists can also help you engage in a treatment format known as Exposure Therapy. This treatment focuses on slowly acclimatizing you to flying. You may start with simply visiting the airport while your therapist guides you through your feelings, and then move on to boarding an aircraft. Finally, your therapist may guide you through a short flight.

As a therapy approach, Exposure Therapy has the highest rate of success other than medication intervention when treating phobias. If you’ve tried other methods with no luck, it may be your best bet.

Take Up Meditation

Research shows that meditation can greatly reduce anxiety, especially if you practice it regularly over time. This isn’t the kind of treatment approach that’s likely to fix your issues if you just do it when you’re flying; instead, you should sit and meditate in whatever way you prefer for at least 10 to 20 minutes a day. Some flyers prefer religious meditation, while others engage in simple sitting meditation. Still others use guided meditations to recenter themselves (or at least distract from their surroundings).

Struggling with sitting meditation? You can meditate in movement, too. Tai Chi and Yoga are excellent ways to recenter and ground yourself, and you can use what you learn there while seated in the skies.

Fly Charter Instead

Often, much of the anxiety flyers with aviophobia experience stems from fearing what other people will think of them if they experience anxiety on a commercial flight. This is common in all forms of anxiety; the individual experiencing the anxiety can become so fearful of what they might experience, the anticipation becomes worse than the reality. This is how conditions like agoraphobia (fear of going outside) slowly develop.

While you aren’t likely to experience agoraphobia as a result of aviophobia, you may be able to reduce some of the anxiety by flying charter instead. Charter flights are private, and furthermore, most airlines are well-practiced in handling aviophobia sensitively. If something does happen, there’s no need to worry about bothering other passengers along the way. Even the added peace and quiet of a charter flight is enough to soothe many aviophobia sufferers – making their fear of flying more like a commercial flight phobia.

If All Else Fails, Consider Medication

If you’ve tried everything and you still experience unbearable fear when you fly, or if you can’t fly at all right now, medication may be an option. Short or long-acting sedatives like Ativan, Clonazepam, and Vistaril suppress the Central Nervous System (CNS). Medications like Metoprolol, a beta blocker, suppress adrenaline and the fear response in your body.

Exactly if or which of these medications are suitable depends on your current health condition and medications; your doctor can best advise you on the subject. Many patients find light sedation more than enough to suppress severe fears before they fly, allowing for a reactive approach with each flight.

Final Thoughts

There’s a whole world of adventure waiting for you out there, filled with luxurious flights, incredible destinations, and plenty of fun along the way. Take your first baby step to find help or speak with a private charter jet company about accommodating your needs. Sometimes, what you need most is a friendly, understanding crew to get you through the flight. The right company will always be happy to do whatever they can to help!

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What Is an Open Leg Flight? Everything You Need to Know

Thanks to the open leg flight, you have the very real option of traveling via a private jet without the hefty price tag. Find out more now!

Traveling always leads to new experiences and adventures – and it doesn’t matter why or where you are going. You could be traveling with your family to visit extended family. You could be heading out on a solo trip to explore a new destination. Or maybe you are just traveling for work to meet with a new client. Whatever the reason, the open leg flight is always a great option.

Believe it or not, you are in charge of your travel experience.

You can choose to fly commercial and deal with all the headaches that come with it, such as rigid schedules, long lines, crowded flights, and long layovers. Or, you could choose to fly private and actually enjoy your flight experience.

If you are under the impression that private travel is not within your reach, think again. Thanks to open leg flights, you have the very real option of traveling via a private jet without the hefty price tag. Sure, there may be a few limitations, but there are many more benefits.

Let’s explore open leg flights. Here’s everything you need to know.

Open Leg Flights: What Are They?

As its name suggests, an open leg flight is one that, well, has an open leg. Perhaps someone chartered the flight to where you are currently located. Now, that private jet needs to be in another location (or back where it came from) for another flight.  So, they have a choice – they can fly where they need to go with no passengers and covering all the costs. Or, they can give a deal to a traveler looking for a flight while also offsetting their costs.

In other words, let’s say someone took a flight from Miami, FL to Chicago, IL.  Although it is a great city, the pilot of that jet doesn’t want to get stranded because he or she has work to do back in Miami. For someone in Chicago looking to spend some time on the beaches of Miami, hopping on this open leg could come with a great discount. It is a win-win for everyone involved.

Benefits

When it comes to traveling via an open leg flight, you get the opportunity to experience the benefits that come with flying private. And, the best part is that you can enjoy them for a fraction of the cost! A few of the best benefits are the luxury accommodations inside each jet, the savings you receive, increased flexibility, as well as reduced travel time. Ready for a closer look?

Luxury Accommodations

Whether you have never been inside a private jet or you have only seen inside through pictures or other media, it is time you see just what you have been missing. The level of luxury will vary depending on the aircraft you fly on, but there is no doubt that the accommodations you find on a private jet open leg flight will far exceed anything you will encounter in the world of commercial air travel.

Private airports and FBOs have very little traffic and lines are nonexistent. That’s right – you will not encounter long security lines here. Usually, you just pull up and board your flight within minutes. But, if you find yourself with time to spare, the inside of these private airports bring much comfort.

Once on the private jet, you will find that seating is not elbow-to-elbow with strangers, but rather roomy. The seats are often comfortable and the atmosphere much more relaxed. Again, the level of luxury you encounter will depend on the type of private aircraft you are on. Let’s see what else an open leg flight has to offer.

Cost Savings

When you travel on an open leg flight, you have the full amenities and comfort of private travel without spending the full amount. Though private travel has become much more affordable than it used to be, who doesn’t love to save money?

Open leg flights offer the opportunity to travel in luxury while also going easy on your wallet.

An Open Leg Flight Is a Little Bit Different

True, an  open leg flight gets you to where you want to go while treating you to the amenities that come with private travel, but there are a few slight differences that set these flights apart from those full-priced bookings. It is important to keep in mind that these differences are often minor and do not interfere with the comfort and experience you get when you fly private.

Let’s take a look.

Flexibility

One of the perks private travelers enjoy is flexibility. When booking, you have the choice of when you’d like to depart. And, since you are the passenger, if you get delayed due to traffic, for instance, the jet is not going to take off without you. Unlike commercial aircraft that are on stringent deadlines, private jets allow for some wiggle room.

For those traveling on an open leg flight, the flexibility is still there, but less so. For instance, the jet may not take off without you if you get stuck in a little traffic, but you may not be able to book your flight to travel on your schedule. If that jet needs to be somewhere by a certain time, it’s not going to be less accommodating to your needs.

You choose this open leg flight because it is heading in the direction you want to go – by choice or by chance. You are the one who needs to be flexible if you want great savings!

Open Leg Flight: Special Amenities

Finally, we all know that there are so many special amenities that come with flying private. The biggest by far is often the catered food. When booking these flights, you can have the choice of certain meals or even takeout from local eateries, as well as specific drinks or snacks on board. It’s truly one of the perks of flying private – something you won’t get when flying commercial.

Open leg flights are different, though. Because you are booking last minute, all the planning and scheduling time is not there. This means that some of those special, personalized amenities may not make it on board at all.

 

If you have to fly, fly private. If you want to save money, look for open leg flights. Despite all the differences, there are still many benefits to be enjoyed while on board a private jet.

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Industry & News

What Air Travel and Life After COVID 19 Will Look Like

Air travel and life after COVID 19 will be drastically different from pre-COVID times. Private air travel seems to be here for good. Learn more.

The big question looming over all of our heads – What will life after COVID 19 look like? When the coronavirus pandemic struck, our lives came to a screeching halt. There was little that remained the same. Many businesses, restaurants, movie theaters, and more were shut down. Schools and universities were shut down. People were asked to stay home unless they were going for necessities – which meant searching for toilet paper. We had to wear masks. Embracing friends and family suddenly seemed uncomfortable. Graduations were canceled, funerals postponed, and hospitals were working harder than ever. Air travel nearly halted.

Fast forward a year and we are finally starting to see the light. While we still need to take precautions, the world is slowly starting to open thanks to all the vaccines being distributed.

But, what about air travel? Will we ever feel comfortable sitting knee to knee with a stranger again? Will private jet charters become the new norm? Come on – let’s take a look at what air travel and life after COVID 19 may look like.

How Private Charters Have Stepped Up

When the coronavirus first appeared, there was a time when airlines were grounded. And while that is not the case now, there are still countries with restrictions, including closed, partially closed, and those who allow people to enter but require a mandatory quarantine upon entering. Then, the idea of traveling in a large commercial jet with hundreds of strangers or maneuvering through a busy airport seemed – and still seems – too risky.

Many travelers stopped traveling. That is until they discovered private charters.

During all of this, private jet charters stepped up and took over the air travel world. People who have never flown before were finding peace with private air travel. They could get to their destination without fear and with reduced risk.

Private jet charters increased their level of cleaning and sanitizing before each flight. They implemented these strict protocols right away to ensure that every passenger felt comfortable when boarding the flight. Jets with flight crews reduced their number of attendants to reduce the contact between everyone on board.

A new love for traveling was born with first-timers and a new level of respect was developed by seasoned private jet travelers. Will private jet chartering become the future of air travel and life after COVID 19? Let’s find out.

Rebound Timeframe for Commercial Travel

There have been many predictions on commercial air travel and when it will rebound to pre-COVID demand. And, well, nearly all think that won’t happen for quite a while. Many airlines have suspended a large chunk of their flights and many staff members have been furloughed. This has helped them lower their cost in hopes of staying afloat until this rebound happens. International travel has taken the biggest hit due to all the border closures and restrictions.

So, when will life after COVID 19 get back to normal? That’s the million-dollar question. The financial hit that commercial airlines have taken will make it difficult to rebuild to its pre-COVID level right away. Some experts are saying normal commercial air travel as we knew it could take 3 or 4 years to return.

Truth is, we just don’t know. With the vaccine rollout, many people have had the opportunity to get vaccinated. Many more have not. Talks of requiring proof of vaccination to board certain flights would rely heavily on everyone having the opportunity to get the vaccine. One day they will, but when?

There are many factors at play when it comes to determining the rebound timeframe for commercial air travel and getting back to a normal life after COVID 19.

A Look at Post-COVID Travel

There are lots of people trying to put together a vision for what post-COVID commercial travel will look like. From architectural standpoints to logistics to medical necessity, there will likely be changes that stick with us.

Below are a few of the things being talked about regarding air travel and life after COVID 19:

  • Adding outdoor green spaces in airports to catch some fresh air while traveling.
  • Spacious, pod-like waiting areas that are socially distanced, rather than everyone crowding at the gate to board.
  • Permanent markers to check remind travelers to remain distant.
  • In addition to the security checkpoint, offering a medical checkpoint to check temperatures and go through a checklist of symptoms. Maybe even offer/require rapid COVID tests.
  • Plexiglass between seats on the commercial aircraft.

There are a lot of really good ideas out there, but how practical or user-friendly are they? We will have to wait and see what travel and life looks like after COVID 19. One should keep in mind, though, that with all the extra precautions, it is probably safe to say that the cost of commercial plane tickets may no longer be as affordable.

Life After COVID 19: Newly Discovered Private Travel

We may not know exactly when things are going to happen, but it is safe to say that one day, commercial air travel will be back to normal and available to take passengers anywhere they want to go. Here’s the thing, though – how many people will want to travel on commercial jets? After everything we’ve been through and everything we’ve learned about the spread of germs and potentially fatal viruses, there is a good chance many people are going to be left scarred.

Those who have discovered private travel during these times have opened a whole new world of adventure for their life after COVID 19. They chose a private jet charter out of safety and concern. And it has allowed them to travel all around the world without fear. Of course, they also realized that they get to access some pretty amazing perks, such as:

  • Flexible schedules
  • Luxurious and personalized accommodations
  • No waiting in long security lines to board
  • Comfortable FBOs to relax in before your flight
  • Access to smaller, out of the way airports that can’t accommodate commercial jets so you can land closer to your destination
  • Clean, sanitized space
  • Ability to move around freely while onboard
  • Never have a layover again

Final Thoughts

Private jet charters have been used by many business executives, celebrities, government officials, and others for many, many years. Now, with charters becoming more affordable – and with the introduction of the deadly coronavirus into our lives, new travelers have discovered all these perks.

The result?

It doesn’t matter when commercial air travel makes its way back to pre-COVID levels or what it looks like, private jet charters will remain a go-to choice for many new and experienced travelers. The mindset of every person affected by the virus has changed and commercial air travel just doesn’t offer the best, safest solution to travel needs.

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Travel Tips

Preparing for Flight Weather? Here’s What to Know

Flight weather is always a thought when making travel plans. If you’re curious as to how to best prepare for it, read the following helpful tips below.

Every morning when we rise, we have a plan for the day. We have an idea of what we are doing, how we intend to do it, and when. Whether is a day at the office, a day of errands, a holiday celebration, or a vacation. Unfortunately, no matter how many times we assume that things will go as planned, they often do not.

Perhaps one of the biggest factors affecting our plans is the weather. Snow, thunderstorms, rain, too much sunshine, heavy winds can all impact what we have going on, depending on what it is. And often, it is the weather that causes our travel plans to disintegrate right before our eyes.

Nobody likes to watch the monitors in the airport update the flight status to DELAYED, or worse – CANCELLED. Though, since we are in no position to ditch air travel, how can we be better prepared for flight weather?

Weather Troubles and Safety Concerns

Believe it or not, all sorts of weather conditions impact air travel. Here’s a look at the most common:

The sun.

A perfectly sunny day is optimal for air travel. This means weather conditions are favorable and everything should run smoothly. However, it is important to note that when the temperatures get too high, it can affect the jet’s performance. Cool air is thicker than hot air – and this impacts the aircraft’s engine and various aerodynamic abilities. The result? Decreased climb performance and the need for additional runway space. Pilots can make simple adjustments to account for this hot air.

Wind.

Wind direction and wind speed both affect flight time. A tailwind is one that moves in the same direction as the jet, pushing it forward. A headwind is the opposite, slowing down the jet as it travels against the wind. A crosswind is a wind that moves across the runway creating difficult landings and takeoffs.

Snow and ice.

Generally, aircraft handle ice and snow well – when in the air. It is when the jet is on the ground where issues arise. This is primarily regarding how well the runway is maintained and keeping the aircraft de-iced. Though, keep in mind that those who opt for private jets can often skip the de-icing as the jets are often kept in a hangar.

Fog.

Visibility is an absolute must-have when it comes to air travel. So when fog is present, there is a good chance you are going to have to wait it out. Most accidents occur at airports which is why when visibility drops, there is a reduction in the number of aircraft moving about.

Rain and thunderstorms.

When it comes to rain alone, there is not any real impact for jets. As for thunderstorms, jets are designed to handle them well. They can climb fast to get above the bad weather when taking off. And when landing, smaller private jets seem to be more agile and flexible in their approach to the runway – especially since they can descend rapidly.

The Changing Seasons

Because weather can play such a huge role in air travel, it is important to consider the seasons when you book your flights. After all, frequent fliers know this so well that they even know exactly which side of the plane to select their seat to avoid things like the sunrise or sunset. The point is – when you book your future travel – you have to consider the weather and current climate situation at the time of travel.

Granted, it is impossible to know what the weather will be like when you head out on vacation in 7 months, but taking into mind the climate in your current city and that of your destination, you get a pretty good idea of the delays, issues, or other troubles you may encounter.

Will you be traveling during an icy cold winter, rainy spring, a brutally hot summer, or windy autumn? Pay attention to the common weather conditions when you book your travel.

Holiday Travel

What happens when you get a rush of holiday travel during some of the coldest months? Between the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays as well as Spring Break, there is often a lot of people – and a lot of flight delays and cancellations. Over time, the number of travelers far exceeds the amount of seating available, as commercial airliners attempt to re-route passengers.

Holiday travel can be a nightmare so be ready for it. There are a few things you can prepare for, such as having all your travel documents in order, packing light, opting for the least busy travel times, etc.

But the truth is, no matter how prepared you are for your holiday travel, Mother Nature can make a grand entrance when you least expect it. Sometimes she gives a warning, sometimes she doesn’t. If you have a non-refundable commercial airline ticket, you may find yourself in a tough situation.

How You Can Be Prepared

Now that we have talked about all the things that could go wrong thanks to the weather and your travel plans, let’s take a look at the things you have control over, shall we?

Fly Private. It’s that simple. When you choose to fly private, you automatically open yourself up to a whole new travel world – and we aren’t just referring to the more comfortable and luxurious accommodations. You won’t see FBO’s packed tightly with thousands of passengers due to canceled or delayed flights. Due to the current COVID-19 crisis, this is a huge bonus.

Flying private offers more, though. You have an entire team looking at the weather, assessing the current situation as well as the conditions for your flight. Using tools, specialized software systems, and expert analysis skills, your route and flight times can be adjusted to ensure the highest level of safety.

When commercial airliners make these adjustments, they affect hundreds of people with a crippling ripple effect. However, when a private jet does so, you may have to let the current weather conditions clear, but then you move with your travel plans.

Final Thought on Flight Weather

Weather is unpredictable, but that doesn’t mean your travel plans have to be. Be smart about booking your travel – and consider taking advantage of all the perks of choosing a private jet.

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The 6 Best Travel Hacks to Save Money

Are you planning a summer escape, but trying to avoid overspending? It can quite stressful and difficult to budget properly. But luckily, you can read below about the best travel hacks!

Let’s be honest – traveling is always fun and exciting, but paying for it, well, that is another story, right? Traveling can put a huge dent in your wallet. Unless, of course, you take the time to discover some of the best travel hacks that will save you money.

Finding your way through some smart, money-saving tactics will allow you to travel the world and enjoy more experiences than you ever thought imaginable.

And, what could be better than that?

You won’t want to miss this list of the best travel hacks to save you money this year.

1. Getting There

Of course, when traveling, you have a choice – you can take a boat, a bus, a train, a plane, or even drive your own automobile.

How you get to your chosen destination highly depends on where you are going. It is likely to also be one of the biggest expenses you will incur.

However, there is one way that you can travel and save some money – choose to charter a private jet. Perhaps you hadn’t considered this option, but it is one of the best ways to get from point A to point B without having to deal with the hassle of commercial airliners.

Not only would you – and those you are traveling with – be able to get to your destination comfortably, but you would get to enjoy all the perks that come with private air travel.

If you aren’t traveling with anyone else or you are traveling with a small party, you can still choose to fly a chartered jet with others, if needed, for even bigger savings.

2. Set Up Your Cell Phone

Depending on where you travel, you could end up with a huge phone bill if you aren’t careful. Roaming charges – and international charges – can add up incredibly fast.

And there are few things worse than coming back from an amazing vacation to an out of control cell phone bill.

Don’t find yourself in this situation. Instead one of the best travel hacks is to contact your carrier prior to leaving on your travels and ask for their advice. Many of them will charge a nominal fee to switch to an international phone service plan for the length of your travels. This will give you a better rate – and will leave you with a more manageable phone bill.

3. Go Local

If you have done much traveling, then you probably know how common it is for many areas to have high price tourist traps. They know you are looking for an experience – and they want to give it to you. With a nice price tag, too.

Because of this, one of the best travel hacks is to dig into it like a local. Unless there is something very specific that you don’t want to miss, avoid the tourist spots.

Instead, opt for diving head first into the local culture. Not only will it give you a unique experience, but it will also give you a chance to see and experience things that other tourists may not.

Here are a few examples where you will save by going local.

  • Instead of taking a taxi from place to place, opt for local public transportation, such as subway system or city bus.
  • Avoid shopping in the areas that are aimed at tourists. Instead, choose to visit local shops where you can get great deals on some authentic merchandise. After all, it’s where a local would go shopping. Try to avoid souvenir shops.
  • Do you want to dine on some local, tasty food? If so, then avoid the chain restaurants and those aimed towards the tourist population. Instead, opt for local dives.

The best way to get the local experience is to ask the locals. Don’t ask the concierge at your hotel. Instead, ask the bus driver, a family you see while out shopping, etc.

Those are the individuals that will aim you towards the real restaurants and shops – and will likely be some of the best travel hacks to save you a ton of money.

4. Shop Credit Cards and Rewards

Do you have any credit cards or rewards cards? These are one of the best travel hacks to save money while traveling. They are great to sign up for and use for traveling.

Depending on your regular habits, choose what will work best for you. Find the cards that offer deals you can earn points toward travel with – or those that will offer you discounts if you use their card.

Do some research online on which cards provide the best travel hacks, as there are many to choose from. These are often free perks for using the card – why not take advantage of them?!

5. Cost of Accommodations

Accommodations can be expensive. Just as with travel, you have a choice.

You may decide to stay at a hotel, an Airbnb, do a housing swap, stay at a hostel, or go camping. The way you choose to stay will determine the amount of money you will spend.

Look for discounts, read reviews, and ask around.

You may be surprised at just how clean and wonderful the hostels are at your destination. Or, you may discover that the local hotels have great deals and offers.

6. Become a Fan of the Off-Season

The last of our best travel hacks, but certainly not least – learn to love traveling during the off-season.

There are many perks to traveling to destinations when the majority of others are not. Not only will it be less crowded, but you will also find great deals.

The locals likely rely on the income from tourists. When there are not many around (such as during the off-season) they often provide great deals to entice travelers. You can use this to your advantage.

In a sense, you get more bang for your buck – all because you chose an unpopular time to visit.

Final Thought

Traveling can be fun and very rewarding. But, it can also be extremely expensive. Try using some of these best travel hacks – and some of your own – to take your travels to the next level at a reduced rate.

To sum it up, here are the best hacks to save you money while traveling:

  1. Choose a charter jet
  2. Set up your cell phone for cheap international service
  3. Go local and avoid tourist traps
  4. Shop with credit cards and rewards
  5. Avoid expensive accommodations
  6. Travel during the off-season

If this sounds like a win-win to you, what are you waiting for?

Book your chartered jet and head off to explore a destination you’ve always wanted to visit – and now you can afford.

Safe travels!