A private jet charter normally caters for between 1 and 18 passengers although private charter jets can carry up to 30 passengers comfortably. Because of this, corporate parties are today using, in ever increasing numbers, private jet charter as a cost effective business option when large numbers of staff need to move simultaneously and securely between destinations. With few limitations on the choice of departure and arrival points, as well as the choice of flight time, “increased flexibility of travel” is another key feature of the business jet charter. Flights are no longer dependant on the proximity of a major airport to the chosen venue as private jets are normally able to land at smaller, rural or private airports. Time on board a private jet can also be used more productively as business charters allow the corporate client to utilise the privacy afforded, for business purposes.
Should the private jet charter client choose to use the flight for the purpose of relaxation, then the benefits of the personalized service provided by a private flight attendant are obvious. Even the process of checking in for a private jet charter is far less stressful than the procedures applicable to a commercial jet flight, so relaxation begins well before the flight takes off.
When boarding a private jet, the first thing apparent to the passenger is the unfamiliarity of their surroundings. The spacious cabin and interior finishing of many private jets immediately puts the flier at ease and if this is not enough, the five star in-flight catering options are always conducive to an elevated mind set. For business travellers fearful of the links beween air travel and the risks imposed on it by the modern day terrorist, private jet charter is definitely the flight medium of choice. Since 911, the increased demand for private jet charter flights has created a greater supply of private charter companies, private jets and private jet pilots. The subsequent increase in competition between operators in this sector of the air travel market has seen the private jet charter become a truly affordable way to fly for a whole new business demographic: the small to medium sized company.
Additionally, and especially since the introduction of the Euro, companies situated within the European Union have begun to use the private charter jet as a means to visit clients in neighbouring member states. The business “hop” is rapidly becoming as popular as its long-haul counterpart in countries such as Portugal. Today, private and business charter flights regularly fly to and from Faro Airport in the Algarve region of Portugal as well as Lisbon and Porto Airports in the North of Portugal. Portugal’s many private and municipal airports have also added to the popularity of the private jet business charter amongst national businesses, as well as those businesses from overseas wishing to explore the opportunities afforded by the growth of the Portuguese economy.
Portugal’s tourism sector, which has significantly strengthened its infrastructure since joining the European Union, has responded to the needs of this new business traveller by evolving a new, business tourism genre. Companies have formed to broker the services required by the traveller who steps out of a private charter jet and on to Portuguese soil. Complementary business services, such as: luxury hotel reservations, event management, limousine and luxury car hire, yacht charter and corporate gift services have all experienced linear growth in parallel to the rise of the private jet charter broker. The sinergy of these business services means that the business and private jet charter traveller can now leave all of his travel arrangements in the responsible hands of one event organizer; A to B has never been so easy.