Each year, our clients have the opportunity to benefit from special private jet flights called Empty legs. These flights are cheaper than normal charter flights. We will explain in this article how this is possible and how much cost an empty flight. If you have any urgent private jet charter request, please contact our commercial department.
What is an Empty leg? How does it work?
Every time you book a single flight, a minimum of two movements are operated. If the aircraft you are booking is not based at the airport of departure, then there will be a positional empty flight going to the wished departure city. If the destination city it is not the aircraft base, then another empty flight will take place.
In conclusion, with a simple charter operation, we can have at least 3 movements. From these 3 movements 2 can be sold as “empty legs”.
This gives the opportunity to travel with a competitive price: between 15 % to 75 % less expensive than a standard private jet charter.
What are the most popular routes for the empty leg flights market?
There is a big empty leg market between Europe and USA, which allows to fly those routes in a private jet at least for 40.000USD.
The most popular routes are the one with more flights; this high density can be regular ( all year):
- London – New York
- Los Angeles – New York
- Dubai – Istanbul
- Paris – Geneva
- London – Paris
This high density in the traffic can also be seasonal ( during Summer for instance):
- London- Nice
- Ibiza – London
- Paris – Nice
- Ibiza – Mykonos
- In general, all the traffic to Balearic islands and northern Europe.
How much does it cost?
As the costs of the main flight are covered by one client already, the empty leg flights offer great discount.
If the operator’s route matches 100% with your wished flight, you may get a very good price (up to 75 % in some cases). Operator still need to pay for handling, fuel, taxes and catering costs for that empty leg.
Which are the negative aspects of the empty leg flights ?
As this empty leg flight depends of the initial confirmed flight, it may suffer some changes. Indeed, this might happen often when the original flight has been confirmed long time in advance. Usually the changes affect on your departure time , and sometimes the date of your flight.
If the original flight has been a last-minute confirmation, we usually have less changes. Also be aware that flying to a city with multiple airports like London, you will not be able to choose airport if you want to have the best deals.
We receive information about available empty legs every day. Tell us what the route you need is and we will check if there is any empty leg available that can suit you.