There has been plenty of press recently over the potential saving one can make when flying privately by taking advantage of ’empty leg’ services.
Also referred to as ‘dead legs’, these flights are the result of an aircraft re-positioning in order to service a new charter request, or returning to their home airport after an existing client has employed an aircraft for a one way charter. The result is that the aircraft will have to fly a certain leg of its journey empty.
If you are therefore able to be flexible in your date of departure and exact destination (for example by flying to London Luton as opposed to London Gatwick), then charter operators are often prepared to offer substantial discounts for a seat on board one of their empty leg flights. In some cases this can be up to a 75% discount.
With a little bit of planning, then, it really is possible to take advantage of this system and utilise the empty legs to fly you and your friends or family by private jet at very reasonable rates…
One tip we can give you is that empty legs often follow a seasonal pattern, so, for example, during the European ski season it is likely that there will be a high volume of empty legs from airports such as Geneva, Zurich, Lyon and St. Moritz, whereas during the summer you may find there is a spike in the number of empty legs from Nice, Ibiza, Mallorca, or Malaga.
We are able to provide you with the details of a certain number of empty leg flights, details of which are updated weekly, and can be found on our website here. If you are planning a holiday, and by keeping an eye on our regular updates, we hope that you will be able to find something to suit and which allows you to experience all that flying by private jet has to offer.