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Private Flights to Yosemite

Flights to Yosemite - The Early Air Way

Yosemite is one of the most beautiful locations in the world however it can be challenging getting there. Find flights to Yosemite that are most convenient to you and your needs. 

Do you have a bucket list? Are there things you would like to do and places you long to see? If these past two years – and a global pandemic – have taught us anything, it is that we need to seize the opportunity as it appears in front of us. We can’t just assume we will have time down the road because it can be gone in an instant.

So if you are ready to take the leap and get more out of life by crossing off your bucket list — then now is the time. And, if private flights to Yosemite are on that list, what better way to get there than to fly a private jet.

Visiting Yosemite

Yosemite National Park is located about a four-hour drive east of San Francisco.  Almost 1,200 square miles, this is one of the larger national parks in the U.S. and averages nearly 5 million visitors every single year. And, it’s no wonder due to the beauty you find all around you when you visit. Here you will find incredibly deep valleys, sky-high ancient sequoias, waterfalls, granite monoliths, and so much more.

Things to Do While There

Before you find flights to Yosemite, you must make a plan. There are so many things to see here – and the area is very vast. Unless you have a lot of time on your hands, there is a good chance you won’t be able to see it all. Therefore, planning ahead and knowing what to see and do can help you narrow things down a bit.

Below we have put together a few of the most incredible things you won’t want to miss on your visit to Yosemite National Park.

  • Tunnel View is a pullout and a great photo op of El Capitan, Half Dome, and Bridalveil Fall.
  • Mist Trail is a hike that leads you up two waterfalls. It’s about 5.4 miles there and back.
  • Yosemite Falls is a 1-mile loop hike or a longer 7.2 miler.
  • Mariposa Grove where 500 gigantic sequoias are protected. There are different hiking trail options throughout the forest to spark your interest.
  • Glacier Point has a lot of lookout points and both easy and challenging hiking trails. You will be able to see Half Dome, Vernal, and Nevada Falls.

Keep in mind that Yosemite Valley is the most commonly visited sport, and therefore you will find more accommodations like paved trails, dining spots, souvenir shops, and the like. Though, it may also require you to be patient due to the volume of visitors. It is still a very special place to visit and shouldn’t be overlooked.

Flights to Yosemite

There are many nearby airports to Yosemite. Well, when we say nearby you should know that we use that term loosely. There are airports, but they aren’t necessarily going to get you to Yosemite without a drive.

For instance, let’s take a look at the commercial airports nearest to Yosemite National Park and just how long of a drive you may face. Keep in mind that the drive time does not account for any California traffic delays.

Fresno/Yosemite International Airport (FAT) is a commonly used airport to access the park. Driving from one to the other takes about 1 hour, 30 minutes to Wawona, and 2 hours, 30 minutes to Yosemite Valley.

Mammoth Yosemite Airport (MMH) in Mammoth Lakes, CA is about a one-hour drive to Tuolumne Meadows or 2 hours, 30 minutes to Yosemite Valley. Though keep in mind the latter requires driving Tioga Road that is not always open during the colder months.

Merced Airport (MCE) located in Merced, CA is about a two-hour drive to the park’s Yosemite Valley area.

Stockton Metropolitan Airport (SCK) is another option that offers access to Yosemite Valley with a 2 hour, 30-minute drive.

Other choices that involve an even longer drive – say 3 ½ to 4 hours – are available, but most travelers prefer the closer options. Just in case, though, these airports are Oakland International (OAK), Sacramento International (SMF), San Jose International (SJC), and San Francisco International (SFO). You can also reach the part through Las Vegas (LAS) and Reno (RNO), as well.

Important note: Tioga Road (which is what Highway 120 is called as it travels through the park) is not maintained during the winter months. Therefore, traveling from airports such as Mammoth Lakes, Las Vegas, and Reno airports are not viable options during the months of November to May. When the weather gets rough, or there is snowfall, this road will be shut down, and you will not be able to safely access the park from this area.

Why Fly Private to Yosemite?

You have your choice of airports to fly into when visiting Yosemite. But, here is something to think about – why not fly private on your adventure? We are talking about bucket list adventures, for one thing. It’s go big or stay home, right? Treat yourself. Do something nice with those you care about and are traveling with. You will get luxurious accommodations to and from the park – which means you will be ready to roll once you get there and can relax comfortably when you are done.

Two, there is a good chance that you may want to camp while there and, well, with baggage fees and restrictions on commercial airliners, you may be very limited on what you can and can’t bring. You can avoid this hassle when you fly private. Not only is the overall experience more enjoyable, but it can go a lot more smoothly.

Utilizing the smaller airport at Mammoth Yosemite Airport you can gain access to the park very quickly (in about an hour) without having to deal with all the commercial traffic both in and around the airport.

What Are You Waiting For?

There is no better time than the present to knock something off your bucket list – and it should be to consider flights to Yosemite. It is beautiful this time of year, and it is sure to bring you memories to last a lifetime. Make it special, enjoyable, and convenient by booking your trip via a private jet.

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Flying Private From LAX to JFK

Flying from LAX to JFK can be a timely outing. Instead of flying commercial, learn why flying private may be the better choice.

When it comes to some of the most popular cities and destinations in the U.S., Los Angeles, California, and New York City are two of the top. Whether for work or pleasure, many people find themselves going back and forth between these two destinations regularly.

If you are planning to travel between the two, you could find yourself on a busy commercial flight for hours – sitting elbow to elbow with the stranger next to you. And even if you choose to fly first class instead of coach, you will still have to experience all of the unpleasantries that come with flying commercial – especially the long lines to get through security.

So, instead, why not fly private from LAX to JFK?

Details When Flying From LAX and JFK

When traveling from one side of the country to the other, such as from Los Angeles to New York, it is approximately 2,500 miles. Flight time is around five hours, give or take. That is quite a length of time to sit on an airplane. Though if you are enjoying yourself on a private flight, then the time will fly by rather quickly.

Private travel allows you the privacy to spend your time any way you’d like. You have a few hours to take care of some work, maybe even hold a business meeting or two. You can eat some popcorn and watch a movie – or binge the latest series on Netflix. You can spend time engaging with those who you brought on board with you – maybe over some food and cocktails. Or, just sit back, close your eyes, and get some uninterrupted sleep, so you are well-rested when you arrive at your destination.

The point is that you are the passenger so you can do what you’d like – within reason, of course – without having to worry about other passengers.

Keep in mind that with the distance of this trip – from east coast to west coast and back again – your private jet will possibly have to make a pit stop to fuel up. This, of course, depends on the type of jet you are traveling on. These stops are relatively quick and are nothing like typical commercial airliner layovers that often require you to deboard the plane, find another gate, and then re-board a new one sometimes hours later.

Private Jet Options From LAX and JFK

There are a few private jet options for the trip between LAX and JFK, depending on what you are looking for, how many people you are bringing along with you, and how much you are willing to spend on your trip.

Light Jet

The light jet option is a Lear 31 or Lear 35 (or a comparable jet). This jet can be used for one-way or roundtrip flights, but it does require a fuel stop going in either direction. This type of jet holds, on average, 8 passengers, though it will depend specifically on the type of jet. And it will most often have a partial lavatory on board.

The average starting cost for a coast-to-coast trip on a light jet, with Federal Excise Tax, is $17,200.00 for one way and $30,637.50 for a round trip.

Midsize Jet

A Hawker 800XP or Lear 60 are common midsize jets used. These jets are roomier though still hold about 8 passengers on average and have a full lavatory on board. They will travel in both directions, only requiring a fuel stop on westbound flights.

The average starting cost for this itinerary on a midsize jet, with Federal Excise Tax, is $20,962.50 for a one-way flight or $40,950.00 for a round trip.

Super Mid Jet

Commonly used super mid jets include Citation X and Falcon 50. Though similar options are also available. Super mid jets offer a lot of space and luxurious accommodations, often having room for 9 passengers and a full lavatory.

The jet will head in both directions without stopping. The average starting cost with Federal Excise Tax for a super mid jet is $22,467.50 for one way and $44,935.00 for a round trip.

Heavy Jet

Ready for the biggest private jet that makes this trip regularly? If so, you may find yourself on a Gulfstream GIII, GIV, or similar – with a flight attendant. This jet seats about 13-16 passengers, too.

The average starting cost for a heavy jet with taxes is $34,937.50 for a one-way trip and $69,875.00 for a round trip.

Alternative Airports

Los Angeles is a busy city which means LAX is a super busy airport. It is not uncommon for things to get a little crazy here. In fact, did you know that LAX has been ranked as one of the worst airports in our country – and even the world? It’s true. And is primarily due to traffic congestion in and around the airport.

There are alternatives to LAX nearby – and many cater only to private jets. So when you choose to travel to or from this city, you’ve got options to enhance your experience.

Consider the following:

  • Van Nuys Airport (VNY)
  • Santa Monica Airport (SMO)
  • Bob Hope Airport (CUR) – also referred to as the Hollywood Burbank airport.
  • Camarillo Airport (CMA)

Traveling to NYC and the surrounding areas via JFK can come with a busy space as well. While JFK seems to be a bit more enjoyable than a trip to LaGuardia airport, there are still other – smaller – options. Traveling via private jet, you may find these alternate airports to be a little more accessible.

It is good to have options. Though, regardless of all the available smaller airports, travel between LAX and JFK seems to be one of the top sought-after private jet origins and destinations.

Both Los Angeles and New York City have a lot to offer travelers, whether you find yourself there for business or pleasure. Just do yourself a favor – and travel in style onboard a private jet. You will be glad you did.

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6 Worst Airports In The US

Anyone who has flown on a commercial airline before knows how stressful airports can be. Fly private and avoid the worst airports in the US.

The air travel experience has always had its ups and downs – especially when it comes to commercial air travel. If you know anyone who has traveled any length of time – or you have yourself – then there is a good chance you have heard the horror stories.

Delayed and canceled flights leave passengers stranded in airports. Lost luggage. Missed connections. Long lines at the security checkpoints. Angry passengers. And, before you even get inside some of the airports, there are bad traffic patterns, inconvenient – and overcrowded – parking, neverending construction, slow customs processes, poor terminal layouts, and so much more.

1. LaGuardia Airport, NYC

For anyone who has ever made their way to the LGA airport, the fact that it has landed in the top spot for the worst airports in the US should not come as a shock at all. This airport sees more delays and has more overcrowded security lines and terminals than others in the country. All these things wouldn’t be that terrible if the building had been kept up over the years. Though it has been going through an update process, that may offer a little relief to stranded passengers.

However, no matter how modern you make the interior, you can’t deny the fact that the terrible traffic and lack of public transit access can make anyone late to the flight – or miss it altogether.

2. Newark Liberty International Airport, NJ

The Newark (EWR) airport is another access point to the NYC area. Those trying to avoid LGA may think flying into EWR is a better choice. Wrong. This airport has one of the worst records in the country for flights arriving on time. They don’t. And that means there are a lot of passengers stranded, waiting around for their flight. And it is just not the place you want to be. It is not the cleanest, and their dining options are basic yet overpriced.

Getting to and from the airport takes a lot of extra time too. And it sure is expensive. Any Uber or Lyft ride into NYC is going to cost you big bucks. And if you decide to take public transit, you will have to take two trains. For those not familiar, this could end up being very confusing.

3. Los Angeles International Airport, CA

Los Angeles may be associated with movie stars, glitz, and glamour, but it is not because of its airport (LAX). The flights may not be delayed as much as the other two we have talked about, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t have its share of problems. After all, it is in the 3rd spot on the list of the worst airports in the US.

The problem with LAX is that it is not accessible. It is hard to get to the airport – and then it is hard to find your way around the airport. Around the airport. For those with connecting flights, it takes prayer, a lot of speed, and a great sense of direction to make it to your next gate for boarding before your plane leaves.

Traffic, congestion, and poor layout design impact the quality of one’s experience here. And although they have added some new shops and dining spots, as well as an automated trolley, they are not looking in the right direction to clean up the woes that come with an LAX experience.

4. O’Hare International Airport, Chicago, IL

Next to Atlanta’s airport, O’Hare has been deemed the busiest airport in the US. Many people pass through this airport in one way or another – nearly 40 million people, that is. Albeit, it is a slow passing. There are so many cancellations and delays – many of which are due to weather since the city is prone to some rough stuff. But that isn’t the only excuse.

O’Hare has been plagued with last-minute gate changes, incredibly overcrowded security lines, and check-in lines. It is not uncommon at all to see a hefty amount of tourists just stranded along the walkways in each terminal.

They say change is coming, but construction will take a long time. And who knows if it will even make a big difference at all.

5. Cleveland Hopkins International Airport, Ohio

The airport in Cleveland (CLE) is old and frail. They have tried to fix it up over the years, but it did nothing more for it than give it a facelift. The overall functionality of the airport was not addressed. The terminals are small and outdated.

Accessibility to the airport is also a problem. Not only is the shuttle area at the Ground Transportation Center located an inconvenient distance from the airport, but it causes undue stress and delays for the passengers. Time needs to be allotted for this connection – or it leads to more significant problems. Those unfamiliar with the airport are usually the ones who are out of luck.

6. Fort Lauderdale – Hollywood International Airport, Florida

This airport in Fort Lauderdale (FLL) has gotten too big, too fast. This area is a hot spot for tourists, which keeps the airport busy. But what’s more is that many are utilizing this airport to avoid the bigger Miami airport. Unfortunately, what they find is neverending construction, heavy traffic issues, lack of parking – or lack of convenient parking, and minimal shopping and dining.

All airport terminals share the same drive-through loop, making it a miserable experience for drop-off and pick-up. And public transit is just not reliable, if even accessible.

So, while FLL may not have a heavy load of delayed flights, getting there is the biggest battle.

Just Another Reason to Fly Private

All of these situations that lead to the worst airports make us wonder – why would anyone want to fly commercial? There are many downfalls to flying on an airplane with hundreds of other passengers when you could fly private!

If you are ready to see what a real air travel experience is about, ditch these busy, miserable airports – and book a private jet charter to your destination.

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Private Jet Empty Seats

Private jet empty seats are more common than you might think. Please scroll down to find out more about empty leg flights and when they are available near you.

What if we told you that many of the private jets you see flying in the sky are flying without passengers? And what if we told you that you could take advantage of that flight – and hop on board – for a fraction of the cost?

This is what happens when there are private jet empty seats, or more commonly known as an empty leg flight.

When someone charters a jet to a destination, there is a good chance they aren’t coming back right away. So, the chartered jet needs to make its way back to its home base – even if it means traveling empty. It is already heading in a particular direction, so if you’d like to head there, too, you could score a great deal on a private flight.

The truth is, there are a lot of advantages to these flights for travelers.

The Utilization of Private Jet Empty Seats

Making use of the thousands of empty seats available on private jets around the country at any given moment can benefit everyone involved. And as any good business person understands, maximizing the use of resources is the best way to succeed. So, whether you are a private jet charter company or a traveler, you can benefit from these empty seats.

As a traveler, you perhaps get the best value of all. You get all the perks of flying a private charter at a much lower cost.

Let’s take a look at what all you get when you take advantage of private jet empty seats.

Flexibility

The rigid flight times and schedules of commercial flights don’t suit everyone’s schedule. The great thing about traveling via a private jet is that it allows you to have some control over your travel times. True, you may not be able to choose precisely when you’d like your empty seat flight to leave – especially if they have other pending flights. But you do have some flexibility when you’d like to leave. And, who knows, maybe there are multiple empty seats in your area for you to have more options for travel.

Luxurious Accommodations

Whenever you get on board, you are sure to be elated with the luxurious accommodations. There is no need to worry about sitting next to anyone or making sure you get there early enough to try to get the best seat. They are all yours to choose from.

Not only does that mean you can travel in comfort, but you also get to do so privately. So, any business you need to take care of, you can without interruption. Or, you can kick back and watch a movie – without having to share the screen!

Save Time

We talked about how private jet empty seats can help you remain flexible in your schedule, but what we haven’t discussed is just how much time can be saved when you fly a charter. Unlike commercial flights, you are not required to arrive a minimum of two hours before your flight. You also won’t find yourself standing in a TSA security line for hours, either. And sitting by the gate waiting to board? Nope, you won’t do that either.

Then, there is a little known fact that private jet charters only stop refueling. Otherwise, they head straight to the destination — without layovers!

With private travel, you usually pull up and get on board. Sometimes, you may have to walk through the FBO and maybe through a security checkpoint (without lines), but it all depends on the airport you are traveling from. Either way, you will save yourself a lot of time.

Best Idea for Groups

Get the idea out of your head that private jets only hold two or three passengers. In fact, many can carry 4, 7, 9, or more passengers. Rather than 7 people purchasing last-minute commercial air travel tickets, why not split the cost of a private jet charter? You are sure to come out fairly even in cost — with added value, too. So booking an empty seat charter is an obvious option.

Feel Like You’re On Top of the World

When you travel via private jet charter empty seats, you get nearly all the perks that someone would get if they were purchasing a regular private jet charter. There may be some personalized accommodations that aren’t available, but you still get the experience.

You can enjoy a meal, drinks, in-flight entertainment, comfortable surroundings, and so much more. You can walk up those steps to the jet and turn around and wave if you want to. And do the same thing when you get off. After all, this is an experience, right?

The best part is that you don’t have to view this as a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Empty seat private charters are more affordable for anyone — and they can be used whether you are flying to New York City or Newfoundland.

Things to Know About Private Jet Empty Seats 

Before we go, we thought perhaps we should share with you a few things to know before you head off on a search for your next private jet charter flight at a discount.

  • You will hear the terms empty seat and empty leg used interchangeably. They both mean the same thing — it is a chartered flight’s return trip that is traveling empty.
  • They may or may not be available. While many private jet charter companies are trying to maximize the use of these jets, there is no guarantee that they will always be available. This is especially true if you are heading to or from a small, uncommon destination. It is definitely worth checking, though, because you never know.
  • Empty seat flights are one-way flights. You will need to also book a flight back home. And, since you are going to be spoiled with the luxurious accommodations on a private jet, you may want to consider doing the same thing back. It’ll be hard to transition back to commercial travel.

More and more, private jet charters are becoming the go-to option for travelers around the world. Thanks to empty seat options, even more people have the opportunity to enjoy this wonderful means of travel.

Where will your empty seat flight take you?

 

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Flying In a Private Jet vs. First Class

Flying in a private jet vs first class both have their own pros and cons. Find out what’s right for you!

Flying coach is not the most exciting option when it comes to flying. Sure, it can get you to your destination and back again, but is it enjoyable? Is it memorable? Think about the last trip that you took as a regular commercial airline passenger. Think about the long lines you stood in to get to the boarding process of your flight. And the elbows and knees you touched of the person sitting next to you. Coach offers no special treatment along the way — it was just you and everyone else around sitting in the cramped seats breathing in the same air, sharing the conversation, whether intended or not and feeling very exposed.

But what could your travel experience be like if you chose a private jet vs. first class? Which is better? Are they the same? Is it worth it?

Private Jet vs. First Class: Similarities

It’s true – there are some similarities of flying in a private jet vs. first class. First, they both come with a little more comfort than the coach option. Seats are bigger and more comfortable, as well as having a little more room between them.

They both get you to and from your destinations, traveling all over the world. And, while onboard, you will have access to inflight service.

Both of these options cost a bit more than your average airfare.

Private Jet vs. First Class: Differences

Just as first-class and private travel have some similarities, they both offer quite a different experience. Let’s take a look at a few of the critical differences.

Onboard Accommodations. While first-class offers you more room and more comfortable seating, you still have an assigned seat – and no option but that seat. On a private jet, however, you have your choice of luxurious seating – chairs, sofas, dining table, or even a bed.

Freedom. When you fly first class, you can get up to use the restroom or stretch your legs, but you don’t have far to go, thanks to all the other passengers. With a private jet, you have the freedom to move about and sit wherever you’d like, and spend your time how you best see fit.

Privacy. Because your first-class seat is still onboard a commercial aircraft, privacy – or lack thereof – is still a concern. You may be at the front of the plane and in a less dense space, but you are not in a private setting. On a private jet charter, you are the passenger, which means you have total privacy while onboard the flight.

Time. Time is a precious commodity, so saving it is important. When taking a first-class flight, you have to go by the routes and travel times that the commercial planes fly. And, you still will find yourself having to go to the airport, wait in line for security, and again at the gate to board. You can save time on a private jet since you get to choose your travel time for convenience, you don’t have to stand in long security lines or deal with layovers, etc. Private jet travel is the fastest and most direct way to and from your destination.

Available Destinations. When you travel first class, you are traveling on larger airliners. And these airliners cannot physically land in certain destinations due to their size. This reduces the number of destinations available. Private jets have the capability of landing at any airport – including all commercial and private/executive airports, as well as those in remote areas.

Inflight Services. First-class travelers get special treatment. For instance, their adult beverages may be complementary, and their food or snack selection may include premium offerings. The attention from the flight attendant is often quite decent. And wifi is often part of the deal, too. Though, on a private jet, you get a high level of connectivity, catered meals, one-on-one service from the flight attendant, and more. You can request anything special you would like to be on board when booking and personalize the whole experience.

COVID Safety. It is important to note that the level of safety during this global pandemic will vary between a private jet vs. first class, despite their level of cleaning and sanitizing. Although you may spend extra to give yourself a little more space in first class, you are still on board a commercial aircraft with hundreds of others. And you had to go through a bustling airport just to get to the boarding gates. This increases your risk of germs. Private travel removes hundreds of people, reducing your risk significantly.

Benefits of Flying Private

You have your choice when it comes to air travel. You can, of course, go online and book yourself a commercial coach ticket to the destination of your choice. If you are feeling generous, you could even treat yourself to an upgraded seat in first class. Or, you could take advantage of all the benefits that come with flying private

  • Being able to choose the best time to fly. You have control over what time you would like to travel.
  • Flexibility is also much greater. Could you imagine a commercial aircraft waiting for you because you got stuck in traffic? With a private jet, you are the passenger so that the jet won’t leave without you. If you need to adjust the flight schedule, you have more flexibility to do so.
  • Getting work done while onboard, having private conversations, or even just taking a snooze can all be done in private since there are no other passengers.
  • The level of comfort you receive on a private jet surpasses any other method of air travel. You get to enjoy some of the most luxurious accommodations in the sky.

Air travel is the best way to get to your destination quickly. But not all methods of air travel are created equal. You can always choose first class, but if luxury and personal treatment is what you are looking for, then you need to charter a private jet. Reap the benefits, explorer!

 

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The 9 Biggest Airports in The World

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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Travel Tips

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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Aircraft

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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