When it comes to the Fourth of July (aka Independence Day), millions of Americans flock to places such as Washington D.C., New York and Boston to take in the spectacular fireworks displays and other festivities. But if the thought of celebrating in a congested city feels a little overwhelming, these private jet getawaysmight just be the alternative you’re looking for.
The big day is just a week away, and even if you haven’t made plans yet, you can still find last-minute jet charters to take you just about anywhere (things have changed a lot since the Declaration of Independence was signed way back in 1776).
Newport, Rhode Island
As one of the original 13 colonies, Rhode Island is a great place to celebrate Independence Day. Newport’smaritime heritage, quaint architecture and moderate summer weather make it particularly appealing.
This year also marks the 50thanniversary of the Newport Music Festival, which runs from July 4-22. Renowned as one of the greatest classical music festivals in the world, it has attracted topinternational artists over the past 50 years. This year’s line-up includes:
- Sergey Antonov, cello
- Irina Muresanu, violin
- Frederic Chiu, piano
- Collegium Ancora, choir
- Lee Steiner, tenor
Boston Brass will open the festival with a Fourth of July Extravaganza, a free event that is sure to impress.
If you’re still around later in the month, there’s also the Candy Store Cup, a superyacht regatta co-organized by the Newport Shipyard and Bannister’s Wharf.
Getting there:Quonset State Airport (OQU) is conveniently located off I-95, and is within easy driving distance of Newport.
Sticking with the east coast, Cape Cod is another luxury travel destination worth visiting on the Fourth of July. In particular, Hyannis, located on Nantucket Sound, is a quaint seaside town and the former summer vacation home of the Kennedy clan.
The Independence Day schedule of events is as follows:
- Town of Barnstable Parade, 4 p.m. on Main Street
- Barnstable Town Band Concert, 5 p.m., Hyannis Village Green
- Pre-fireworks concert, 7 p.m., Asleton Park
- Fireworks, 9 p.m., Hyannis Harbor
Getting there:Barnstable Municipal Airport (HYA) is the best option for people arriving on private jet getaways to Cape Cod. Located less than two miles from the town center, you can reach most destinations in the town in less than 10 minutes.
Charleston, South Carolina
For a taste of southern hospitality, head down to South Carolina and pay a visit to Charleston. The city boasts numerous fireworks displays, ensuring you’ll have a good vantage point. They include:
- Deck of the USS Yorktown in Patriots Point
- Folly Beach
- South Carolina Aquarium
- Riverfront Park
Getting there:Those arriving on a private jet getaways have access to Charleston Executive Airport (JZI), which is more convenient than the local international airport.
Tellurideis renowned for its epic ski conditions in winter. Those same slopes make for some equally impressive hiking and biking in the summer. With its cooler summer weather (usually in the low 70s), it’s a great place for anyone who wants to beat the heat.
The Fourth of July fireworks and parade kick off a busy summer festival season, including the likes of:
- Plein Air, June 29-July 5
- RIDE Music Festival, July 14-15
- Shakespear in the Park, July 15-22
- Telluride Americana Music Festival, July 18-21
Getting there:Telluride Regional Airport (TEX) is the best bet for private jet charters flying into Southern Colorado.
If you’re looking for last-minute private jet charter getaways, Stratos Jets is just a phone call away. With just four hour’s notice, we can have you on your way to the destination of your choice—888-593-9066.
Treat Dad with a trip to one of America's top fishing states
Well, Mother’s Day is in the books for another year. In a few short weeks it’ll be Dad’s turn in the spotlight. If he’s an avid fisherman and you want to surprise him with a truly memorable day, consider booking a private jet charter to a popular angling destination.
By flying privately, you can land closer to those off-the-beaten-path fishing resorts than you can on a commercial airline. Plus, you won’t have to worry about a baggage handler accidentally snapping your favorite fly rod during transport, as you’ll be able to bring all of your gear with you on the jet.
Whether you’re into saltwater fishing, or you want to hook into a trophy bass, Florida is an angler’s dream.
Nicknamed ‘The World’s Luckiest Fishing Village,’ Destin is a great choice for those who want to get out on the Gulf of Mexico. This small town, located on the Emerald Coast in northwest Florida, boasts the state’s largest charter fleet. With its beautiful beaches and emerald-green water, this is also a place the whole family can enjoy.
Furthermore, flying on a private jet charter to Destin is easy, as Destin Fort Walton Beach Airport (VPS) is less than half an hour away.
Other great fishing options in Florida include:
- Bonefishing in the Florida Keys
- Bass fishing on Lake Okeechobee
- Fishing for redfish, grouper and dorado in Sarasota
We’ve all seen the 1992 classic A River Runs Through It. It was filmed in the fly-fishing hub of Montana, regarded by many as the premier trout fishing destination in North America. There are many world-class rivers, spring creeks and lakes worth exploring in this beautiful state.
Flying in on a private jet charter to Bozeman will put you within easy reach of blue-ribbon rivers such as:
Spending Father’s Day in Alaska will give you a great opportunity to land some king salmon, as well as some early red salmon. There’s also some amazing halibut and lingcod fishing year-round. If you’d rather venture inland, you can also find resident rainbows, grayling and pike in the states many lakes.
To test their angling skills, many fishermen come to Idaho for world-class trout fishing. Two of the most famous fishing spots include: Silver Creek and Henry’s Fork, a tributary of the Snake River. Other great rivers in the state include:
- South Fork
- Big Wood
- Big Lost
Mid-June (ie. Father’s Day) is a great time to hit up these spots as the salmon flies and other hatches are starting to emerge in numbers.
If you’re coming specifically to fish Henry’s Fork, Driggs-Reed Memorial Airport (DIJ) has a 7,300-foot runway capable of handling most private jet charters, including heavy jets.
For other popular angling destinations, check out our post: Private Jet Charters Will Get You Hooked on Fishing.
If you want to fly in style, safety and comfort for your next travel adventure, call Stratos Jet Charters. Our experienced agents will help arrange transport to remote and hard-to-reach destinations around the world.
Tips for flying on charter flights to high-traffic events like The Masters, Cannes Festival and Super Bowl
Every year, there are a handful of marquee events that attract throngs of affluent travellers from around the globe. From sports to culture to business, people often book private jet charters to major events (or other forms of air travel) in order to witness it firsthand.
With potentially hundreds, or sometimes thousands, of flights arriving all within a short timeframe, it places a heavy burden on local airports and surrounding infrastructure. Here are a few tips that will help ensure you enjoy a timely arrival and hassle-free travel experience.
1. Which Events Receive the Highest Private Jet Demand?
The first thing you’ll want to know is which events receive the highest demand for private jet travel. As you might expect, the Super Bowl usually takes top billing, routinely receiving more than 1,500 private aircraft every year. People also book private jet charters to major events such as:
- Cannes Festival
- The Masters
- Art Basel Miami
- Monaco Grand Prix
- Kentucky Derby
- World Economic Forum
- New York Fashion Week
2. The Effects of Increased Air Traffic
Under normal circumstances, you can usually book a private charter flight with just a few hour’s notice. However, booking private jet charters to major events is anything but normal. That’s why it’s recommended that you arrange your travel plans at least three or four weeks in advance.
Not only does the increased charter demand limit the available number of aircraft for hire, it also increases the volume of traffic flying into and out of airports near the event. This can have a number of effects:
Airport slots: Air traffic control will often regulate the number of available airport slots for arriving and departing planes during heavier-than-normal travel periods.
Flight planning: planning a trip into a city for a major event can take longer than normal, as it can be more difficult to secure things like landing permits and crew visas.
Airport parking: The volume of private jets arriving for major events can cause aircraft parking to reach capacity. Once that happens, any additional planes will be forced to reroute to a nearby airport and return later to collect you later once the event has ended. This can result in additional repositioning fees and can complicate the flight planning process.
3. Venue Location
When you fly to a larger city, you typically have more airport options to choose from. This not only adds flexibility for flight planning, it also means that center will be better equipped to handle larger volumes of air traffic.
A good example of this was Super Bowl 52 in Minneapolis. The city is serviced by a collection of major and reliever airports, including:
- Minneapolis-St. Paul International (MSP)
- Paul Downtown Airport (STP)
- Anoka County-Blaine (ANE)
- Flying Cloud (FCM)
The opposite goes for smaller cities. For instance, if you want to book charter flights to The Masters, August Regional Airport (AGS) is the only local airport capable of handling air traffic, which amplifies the effect of high-volume air traffic.
4. Crew Duty Restrictions
When booking private jet charters to major events, it’s important to remember that pilots and crew are only permitted to work a maximum of 14 hours at a time. After that, they are required to rest for a minimum of 10 hours before their next shift.
This can be a limiting factor if you’re hoping to fly to an event and return home in a single day.
5. Ground Transportation and Lodgings
Similar to aircraft parking, an increase in the number of visitors to a region increasesthe demand for services such as ground transit and hotel accommodations. If you’re booking private jet charters to major events, talk to your agent about reserving these services for you.
6. Be Specific with Your Charter Flight Request
When talking to your air charter agent, make sure you provide the precise details you require, including:
- Number of passengers
- Preferred cabin amenities
- Total luggage weight
While last-minute changes are usually not a big deal, when travelling during peak travel times, it can affect your ability to secure your preferred aircraft and chosen departure time.
For expert advice when booking private jet charter to major events, talk to Stratos Jet Charters. Our agents have the skill and resources to secure the most suitable aircraft so that you can fly safely and conveniently to high-traffic events around the world.
A look at some of the marquee events happening in England and France this spring
Spring is a great time to book an international jet charter, and England and France are two of our favorite destinations. You get to avoid the hustle and bustle of peak tourism season while getting your fill of old-world culture. Also, there are numerous notable events going on in spring that will make the journey that much more rewarding.
Grand National – Liverpool, England – April 14
Known as the ‘Ultimate Test of Horse and Rider,’ the Grand National is one of the most prestigious handicap steeplechase events in the world. When you combine its history and lucrative prize money, it’s easy to see why.
Held at the Aintree Racecourse near Liverpool, this event has been going on for nearly two centuries and boasts a US$1.5M purse.
Cannes Festival – Cannes, France – May 8-19
The French Riviera is a fabulous place to visit any time of year, but when film industry icons start rolling in for Cannes Festival, this otherwise quaint seaside town generates quite the buzz. Regarded as the world’s most influential film festival, Cannes is where many of the year’s most highly anticipated films are revealed.
Of course, many of the celebrities attending this invite-only event arrive on international charter flights, as it allows them to travel in private cabins and gives them a wider range of airports from which to choose.
Roland Garros – Paris, France – May 27-June 10
A Grand Slam tennis tournament named after a famed aviator? Now that sounds like our kind of event. The French Open, named after WWI ace pilot Roland Garros, who also happened to be a tennis buff, is the second of four Grand Slams (you’ll be reading about the third one shortly) and the only one to be held on clay courts.
Wimbledon – London, England – July 2-15
With all due respect to the Australian, French and US Opens, nothing quite compares to charm, intrigue and tradition of Wimbledon. Whether it’s the storied grass courts at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, the all-white attire that the athletes are required to wear, or the scrumptious strawberries and cream, this event is unlike any other.
24 Hours of Le Mans – Le Mans, France – June 16-17
Diehard race fans are well aware of the Triple Crown of Motorsport, which consists of:
- Monaco Grand Prix
- Indianapolis 500
- 24 Hours of Le Mans
Each event is as distinct as the city in which it’s hosted, which explains why only one driver has ever accomplished the feat (Britain’s Graham Hill completed the hat trick after winning Le Mans in 1972).
Le Mans requires a level of focus, endurance and efficiency that few racers possess, making it a challenging event to finish, let alone win.
Before You Fly Internationally
Before booking international charter flights, there are things you need to know. When traveling to a foreign country, there are usually some additional rules and regulations pertaining to:
- Customs procedures
- Travel restrictions
- Additional travel fees
For expert advice on international charter flights, talk to an air charter associate at Stratos Jets. We’ll coordinate right aircraft and all of the necessary flight planning details to ensure your journey is hassle-free.