The commercial airline environment continues to be plagued by the relationship between increased levels of demand and resulting operational challenges. Lengthy delays, streaks of cancellations, and unruly passengers abound in the crowded terminals of airports that expect to see increased passenger volumes throughout the summer. Travelers still planning to embark on summer vacations can find solace in the option of taking to the skies on a private jet for a less turbulent experience.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) listed weather, volume, runway, equipment, staffing, and other issues as the leading contributors to delays in the National Airspace System. According to the FAA, flight cancellations are trending lower this year compared to previous years, but a flight cancellation still retains the ability to disrupt travel plans. The system will be further strained by The Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) anticipation of a record number of people expected to be screened through security checkpoints this summer with volumes surpassing the pre-pandemic levels of 2019.
According to a survey conducted by Allianz Partners, travelers in the U.S. are projected to spend $214 billion on vacation this summer. That statistic marks a 10 percent increase over 2022, 39 percent increase over 2021, 261 percent over 2020, and 111 percent increase over pre-pandemic spending in 2019. More commercial travelers likely mean an increased threat of delays and an additional reason to consider vacationing via private jet this summer.
Private jet travel offers an enticing alternative to the established and projected headaches associated with what is anticipated to be an extremely busy summer in the commercial aviation industry. A tailored and hassle-free experience like the one offered by premier private jet providers like Tidal Jets is available to passengers electing to utilize private jets for transport during their summer vacation plans.
“Private jets allow passengers to travel unencumbered by crowded terminals, seemingly endless security checkpoint lines, and lackluster customer service experiences. Instead, private jet passengers will encounter bespoke itineraries, private terminal access, and an expanded suite of destination and aircraft options”, says Ethan Levy, founder, and CEO of Tidal Jets.
In fact, Levy, before founding Tidal Jets, once held a prominent position in the commercial aviation ecosystem at a top U.S. carrier, gaining invaluable insights into the operational and customer service side of that aviation segment. He, therefore, understands how private aviation is primely positioned when compared to its commercial counterpart to provide sheer comfort, flexibility, and unparalleled time efficiency.
Endless international destinations via private jet
For travelers seeking the flight path less followed, private jets can land in remote destinations that are otherwise inaccessible by larger commercial aircraft. Less crowded beaches, private retreats, and increased time spent enjoying vacation awaits private jet passengers who prefer to reach exclusive destinations this summer. There are many global options available for private jet travelers including top summer destinations like the French Riviera, Caribbean, Balkans, and Greek Islands.
The South of France is a top summer destination accessible by private jet for travelers looking to explore the Côte d’Azur. Different airports in the region cater to various sizes of jets with the Nice Côte d’Azur Airport offering the capability to handle large jets. The Cannes Mandelieu Airport is open exclusively to business aviation travelers but is restricted to smaller to medium-sized jets. The Saint-Tropez La Mole Airport, Toulon–Hyères Airport, and Riviera Airport are also alternatives for private jet travelers in the region.
The Caribbean offers many private island retreats that are only accessible by private jet including destinations such as Norman’s Cay in the Bahamas, the island of Vieques in Puerto Rico, Calivigny Island in Grenada, and Necker Island in the British Virgin Islands. Sir Richard Branson owns Necker Island, but it can be rented for exclusive private group usage. Guests of Necker Island can land at the Terrance B. Lettsome International Airport and continue their adventure to the private paradise by transfer on a yacht or helicopter to the island’s helipad. Barbados, the Cayman Islands, Dominican Republic, Jamaica, St. Kitts and Nevis, and the U.S. Virgin Islands also provide private jet travelers with luxurious Caribbean vacation opportunities.
The Balkans beckon private jet travelers to explore stunning areas including Montenegro and Croatia. The Podgorica Airport is closest to the capital city of Podgorica in Montenegro while the Tivat Airport is more suitable for travelers intending to continue their travels by yacht since it is located on the coast. The Dubrovnik Airport in Croatia is another popular option for private jet travelers interested in traveling to the region.
Private jet travelers headed to the Greek Islands can start their summer vacation in Santorini after landing at the Santorini (Thira) International Airport which supports various sizes of private jets making it suitable for groups of any size. Other highly sought-after destinations include Mykonos, Corfu, Rhodes, Chania, Iraklion, Kefallinia, Preveza, and Thessaloniki. Preveza and Chania are military airports but are open to commercial and general aviation upon landing permit application approval.
The summer travel market is certainly going to be hot, but experienced private jet companies with global reach like Tidal Jets offer travelers a choice for a more comfortable travel climate. Private travel replaces commercial airport chaos with unparalleled efficiency and an elevated travel experience. From domestic to international destinations, solo to group outings, and remote to popular locales, private jets can satisfy a multitude of travel parameters to provide the ultimate summer vacation.
Tidal Jets Inc. is a premier private jet brokerage firm revolutionizing how you fly. Founded by Ethan Levy and Jonathan Downs, two like-minded, forward-thinking aviation professionals, Tidal Jets brings a fresh perspective and extensive aviation knowledge to provide unparalleled service.