[caption id=“attachment_345” align=“alignright” width=“115” caption=“Regatta Racing Off Martha\‘s Vineyard”][/caption]Memorial Day Weekend, traditionally signifes the start of summer travel for the Jet-Set. The weekly exodus from to Martha’s Vineyard, Nantucket, West Hampton, Lake Tahoe, Las Vegas, and the Mexican Riviera begins as elite travellers exchange the heat and congestion of their respective cities for quiet, comfort, and luxury. While travelling via private jet charter is usually quick, convenient, and easy, the summer months bring some additional challenges of which to be aware:
Weather - Summer thunderstorms can really shake up the best laid travel plans. When the heat of a long day of summer sun combines with increased humidity and unstable air, thuderstorms are likely to pop up. Typically, the storms start to build in the mid to late after - or right when your Gulfstreams and Lear Jets are scheduled to depart to whisk you to your weekend getaway. By moving your departure time up a few hours to late morning or very early afternoon, you can typically avoid the delays associated with the weather.
Congestion - it’s no surprise that Thursday and Friday afternoons are the most heavily travelled days at your local executive airport. Analysis at Teterboro Airport, serving the NYC metro area, shows a 20% increase in the amount of jet traffic on a typical Friday afternoon as compared to Wednesday. Again, plannning your flights to miss the heavy traffic periods will help shorten your potential wait for takeoff.
Special Events - From the Indianapolis 500 at the beginning of the summer, through all the special events such as MLB ALL Star Game, US Open, and Wimbledon, to the World Series at the end, attendance will be high. Jet arrivals into these host cites can sometimes be chaotic, so plan accordingly.
While these challenges can be detrimental to your schedule and impact your time away, remember that you are travelling by private jet and that it’s really not all that bad to be you. Have a great summer!