What mistakes should be avoided when planning a flight in the winter? For those who book flights with private aviation and do not want to run into unforeseen challenges, we have compiled the top 5 pieces of advice ahead of the winter charter season.
The challenges faced by business charter customers in the winter are primarily brought on by the heavy travel demand for popular winter travel destinations (ski resorts and far-off exotic locales).
1. Plan your trip and book your aircraft in advance
Your options will increase the earlier you plan your trip and find a business jet. As the holidays come closer, fewer suitable options will be available in the market. The price of the remaining available boards will also rise daily.
2. Passengers have to be at the airport at least 40 minutes
Due to the high workload and heavy traffic at airports in the high winter season, the risk of losing a slot (the time interval allotted for take-off and landing of the aircraft), even with a slight delay, is much higher than usual.
Even if you manage to leave on time, it’s unlikely that you’ll be able to board your flight. After that, the dispatcher will probably move your aircraft to another airport because the landing slot will also get missed. Additionally, this costs money.
The late arrival of passengers can have much worse effects when we’re talking about long trips to far-off places. The flight will rearrange to another day if passengers are overdue for more than an hour and interfere with the pilots’ workday. Or they will need to find a crew member right away.
3. Fly in or out during daylight hours
Small airports in vacation communities are inoperable when night falls. In the winter, the sun sets earlier. Additionally, the probability of inclement weather is higher in mountainous places in the morning and at night. Due to this, most small airports near ski resorts do not accept flights after dusk.
4. Choose alternative airports at ski resorts
Most private charter in Brisbane is scheduled through the small airports of nearby towns. The receiving capacity of small airports is more affected by severe weather or the time of day, which often carries higher risks.
We advise you to investigate bigger airports closely as an alternative landing option. Even if they are miles away from your ski resort, they can fly in the dark and provide better service.
5. Aircraft de-icing
Typically, the cost of de-icing the vessel is an additional charge that is not included in the trip fee. But they must be budgeted for because they are expected to occur often along the road in the winter. We advise you to schedule a business jet in the hangar to lower these expenditures.
If the transfer plane and helicopter are parked close by, it will be more convenient for the passengers, and one person will handle all the bags’ demands. The operation will be completed most reliably if one supplier handles charter and helicopter transportation.