29 Jul Top 10 Private Air Travel Destinations
Private air travel is one of the most common symbols of wealth and luxury. However, one doesn’t always need to have pockets full of cash and a Black card to take advantage of the effectiveness and luxuriousness that private jet travel affords its passengers.
On the contrary, private air travel is decreasing in value, and plummeting in cost when compared to cramped and feature-poor commercial air travel. Per research by luxury travel network Virtuoso, between 2014 and 2016 alone, the cost of flying private dropped by 13 percent, while the volume of trips increased 10 percent.
Why Fly Private?
There are many extensive benefits to choosing private air travel over commercial alternatives. Some of these advantages include:
- No need to deal with the business of commercial airport terminals. Private air passengers fly out of FBOs, or “Fixed Bases of Operations”.
- Many departure airports are almost always far closer than larger commercial and international airports. There are multitudes more airports available for smaller, private planes than larger commercial airliners.
- There are no security checks, no lines to wait in, minimal delays and no need to worry about the flight leaving without you. This alleviates much of the stress and anxiety present in typical commercial flights.
- On private flights, you are not going to be rubbing shoulders with strangers or worrying about the stampede out of the plane upon arrival.
- Flying private is far more effective than commercial alternatives. Wait times and taxiing times are much shorter, lines are nonexistent, and air traffic control and pilot checks are less extensive.
We at BitLuxTravel have discovered hundreds of incredible destinations for private flight in our research. To narrow these down to the ten best, we split the list into business and pleasure.
Top Private Air Travel Destinations for Business
Flying private for business purposes is in many cases a far more effective approach for high-value businesspeople. For the reasons listed above and many others, private flight allows for the most efficient use of business time. Five of the most common destinations for private business travel are below.
Private business travel between large cities all over the United States and Washington DC is by far the most popular route for private air travel. The amalgamation of political presence in Washington DC, the powerhouse for global political influence and trade, and the convergence of national political figures from local areas makes private travel to and from Washington DC a commonplace.
The most commonly touched airports for private air travel in the Washington DC area are still the big three international airports:
- Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (airport code: DCA)
- Washington Dulles International Airport (airport code: IAD)
- Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (airport code: BWI)
“Business” is a loose term. Flights in and out of Las Vegas are some of the most common for private air travel. Whether people traveling to conferences and trade shows, or wealthy high rollers wanting a quick entry and exit for casino visiting purposes, Las Vegas is a haven for private air travel in the United States.
The most common route is Los Angeles to Las Vegas, which makes far more sense to fly private versus driving or flying commercially. McCarran International Airport is the hub for private air travel here, as it has a very close proximity to the Vegas Strip.
New York City
New York City as a private jet business destination is a no brainer. The global center for economic, banking, and business growth, the Big Apple is one of the most common departure and arrival locations for business purposes.
New York City is one of the largest cities in the world and it has three airports supporting the metropolitan area, which are the top airports for both commercial and private air travel:
- John F. Kennedy International Airport (airport code JFK)
- LaGuardia Airport (airport code LGA)
- Newark Liberty International Airport (airport code EWR)
Beijing, China (and China Overall)
China’s skies have always been relatively clear of private jet travel. Massive and relatively efficient commercial airliners fly so often back and forth from China that the country’s major airports deal with enough delays as-is. However, private jets have recently had a chance to do a lot more flying.
This is due to the Civil Aviation Administration of China breaking regulations that made it difficult to develop China’s private travel industry. This, in turn, has helped to stimulate economic growth by letting business people travel quickly to remote places.
Some of the most common and fastest growing locations in China for private air travel are:
- Beijing Capital International Airport (airport code PEK)
- Hong Kong International Airport (airport code HKG)
- Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport (airport code SHA)
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Dubai is one of the fastest growing business meccas in world history. Due to the massive oil boom in the 2000’s, the United Arab Emirates capital has gone from a small city in the middle of the desert to a supermodern oasis of business and wealth, and the connection between the Middle East and the rest of the world in a business sense.
Dubai International Airport is now the third busiest airport on Earth, experiencing massive passenger growth in the past decade. As a result, it is also the most common destination airport for private air travel for those traveling to Dubai for business purposes.
Top Private Air Travel Destinations for Pleasure
Traveling via private jet isn’t reserved only for those rushing off to a meeting. Rather, traveling private has wonderful advantages when jetsetting to vacation destinations. Five of the most beautiful options are below.
Telluride is far more than a typical ski destination. This stunning Colorado town is home to one of the least crowded and most luxurious ski resorts in North America. The lack of crowds comes mainly from the remoteness of Telluride from large international airports (as well as its 300 inches of snow per year).
This bucket-list destination is nestled deep in southwest Colorado, hidden amongst a vast network of “13er” and “14er” mountain peaks. Its seclusion comes mainly from the lack of proximity for air travel, as it sits over an hour and a half away from the closest major airport, Montrose Regional.
However, just six miles away, and accessible by private jet, is the Telluride Regional Airport. Those who make the trip experience zero lines at the ski lifts, thousands of acres of legendary skiing, and endless fresh powder. Flying private provides an amazing opportunity to explore these resorts and the quaint town surrounding.
Anguilla’s remoteness is its main draw. This beautiful Caribbean island nation is well known for pristine white sand beaches, untouched island culture, and stunningly blue tropical waters. Anguilla truly provides a solution for those wanting an authentic Caribbean island hideaway vacation.
This island is a haven for five-star luxury, home to options such as Cap Juluca, the Four Seasons, Auberge’s Malliouhana, and many scores of private rental villas. Even with this, though, Anguilla lacks the commercialization present in most other Caribbean destination. Instead, they focus on laid back natural beauty, the charm of local villages, and an amazing culinary scene.
This island nation is served by the Clayton J. Lloyd International Airport. A smaller airport, its mile-long runway is too short for many large commercial flights. There are a few options to get to Anguilla. Some choose slow-moving ferry connections through St. Maarten or Puerto Rico. However, the easiest option is chartering private aircraft from these islands. Within minutes, you’ll be touching down in beautiful Anguilla in style.
St. Moritz, Switzerland
St. Moritz is tucked in the Swiss Alps, and is one of the most luxurious and sought-after destinations for those traveling via private jet. This has been noted by many publications to be the most high-class ski destination on Earth.
Each year, thousands of patrons make the three or more hour trip via train or car from airports in Milan or Geneva. However, the commute and terrain required causes many to select an alternate destination. Private air travel provides a far more direct approach. One can choose to land in Engadin Valley’s Samedan Airport. This small airport caters to non-commercial jets, and is only three miles from St. Moritz.
When in St. Moritz, the rare visitor has their pick of globally-renowned luxury resorts, including such options as:
- Kulm Hotel St. Moritz
- Nira Alpina
- Badrutt’s Palace Hotel
- The Grand Hotel Kronenhof
- Kempinski Grand Hotel del Bains
And many more! When in combination with world class shopping and fine dining, breathtaking alpine scenes, and bar none well-renowned skiing, St. Moritz clearly delivers upon the legendary skiing experience expected in the midst of the Swiss Alps.
Lanai is quickly becoming an amazingly luxurious modern travel destination. However, the smallest inhabited island in Hawaii has been untouched by the progression of Hawaii’s overcommercialization.
The island of Lanai is home to beautiful plantation villages reminiscent of small-town Hawaii. Also, crystal clear ocean waves, wild beaches and lush mountains make Lanai a haven for relaxation and serenity. The closest thing to commercialization is a smattering of five-star accommodations, like Hulopoe Bay’s Four Seasons.
The only airport on this stunning island is Lanai Airport. With its shorter, sub-mile long runway, it doesn’t support commercial flights from the Mainland United States. Additionally, ferries that travel from larger, more inhabited islands take a minimum of an hour to arrive in Lanai. The most effective method to access Lanai directly is to travel via private jet. Here, you can touch down straight in Lanai from anywhere in the world.
Spectacle Island, Maine
Private flight is a very fitting way to travel to private islands. For this reason, the Spectacle Island in Maine is one of the most high-profile destinations for private air travel.
Sitting off the coast of Frenchman’s Bay in Bar Harbor, Spectacle Island is a five-acre paradise, and one of the most popular private island rentals in the United States. Exuding the picturesque seclusion common with the peaceful rocky coast of the Northeast Atlantic, island goers find themselves with views of the pristine mountains of Acadia National Park.
Some private jet chartering companies will fly you straight to the Hancock County–Bar Harbor Airport. From here, hosts will pick you up for a half-hour car and ferry trip directly onto Spectacle Island. This is incredibly simple and effective when compared to flying into the Bangor International Airport, then traveling for close to two hours by car just to get to Bar Harbor.
The benefits of private air travel are no longer reserved for those with extensive wealth. More affordable private air travel to incredible destinations like the above are now more attainable than ever.
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