Obviously private aviation is a year-round, global business. But certain key annual events drive local peaks in demand, generating significant volumes of flights into and out of specific airports.
Some of these are airports that cater for significant volumes of private jets all the time, such as Nice Cote D’Azur Airport which sees its busiest days around the Monaco Grand Prix and Cannes Film Festival in late May or June – but is busy with private jets at any time of year.
Other smaller airports burst into life for a few days each year, such as EuroAirport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg which usually caters for an average of just 18 private jet flights each day, but sees well over a hundred per day in June, during the annual Art Basel event.
There are a number of key global business, sporting and entertainment events in February and March 2014, likely to generate significant spikes in private jet demand to their local airports:
SUPER BOWL FINAL 2014
This year’s Super Bowl Final is taking place at the MetLife Stadium in New Jersey and will see a huge influx of private jets landing for the USA’s biggest sporting event.
Date: February 2, 2014
Closest private jet airports: Teterboro Airport; Newark Airport; Morristown Municipal Airport.
SOCHI WINTER OLYMPICS 2014
This year’s Winter Olympics will see huge numbers of global private jets heading to Sochi in Russia, which is putting special procedures in place to cope with the extra volumes and security required (see previous blog Demand for Sochi heats up).
Date: February 7 – 23, 2014
Closest private jet airports: Sochi Airport; Krasnodar Pashkovsky Airport.
RBS SIX NATIONS RUGBY 2014
Europe’s premier rugby event attracts private jet travellers in large numbers to the airports closest to the European match venues in England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, France and Italy.
Date: February 1 – March 15, 2014
Closest private jet airports: London Blackbushe (Twickenham), Edinburgh (Murrayfield); Cardiff (Millennium Stadium); Dublin (Aviva Stadium); Paris Le Bourget (Stade de France); Rome Ciampino (Stadio Olympico).
The world’s biggest real estate event, MIPIM attracts property professionals and investors from across the globe to the Palais Des Festivals, Cannes, France. A significant number of them will travel by private jet.
Date: March 11-14, 2014
Closest private jet airports: Cannes Mandelieu Airport; Nice Cote D’Azur Airport.
2014 ACADEMY AWARDS
February and March is the peak of the global film awards season – culminating with the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. Private jets will also be busy heading to the BAFTAs in London on February 16, and the Berlinale Golden Bear Awards in Berlin on February 6 – 16.
Date: March 2, 2014
Closest private jet airports: Burbank Airport, Van Nuys Airport