While neither Mykonos or Ibiza are at the very top of Europe’s most popular private jet airports, they both burst into life over the peak summer period – becoming exceptionally busy between June and September. We have seen demand grow for these destinations, above all other summer hotspots, over the past two years.
Their growth is outperforming overall market trends. Ibiza saw a 17% increase in demand last summer, seeing between 40 and 50 private jet take-offs or landings per day. And Mykonos saw even greater growth of 35%.
This means demand is now starting to outweigh supply at these airports at peak times. For bookings close to departure, aircraft based further afield may need to be chartered. And when aircraft parking is in short supply, flights can be given just a 30-minute window to land and take off again, rather than waiting on the ground for the return.
All of this means aircraft have to position in and out, adding extra costs to a flight for last minute bookings.
At the busiest time – particularly on Fridays – airports will not even accept any more landings as they reach full capacity on take-off and landing slots or aircraft parking. So last minute travellers have to make alternative plans.
We saw this happen several times last summer, and with the market growth we’re already seeing this year, we’re expecting this summer to be even busier. While they are bigger airports, Nice, Cannes, Palma and Olbia are also slot-controlled over the summer and will see some of the same peak capacity issues.
Typically we see 57% of our flights book for take-off within 7 days. But this summer, for these particular hotspots, we’re urging our customers to book further ahead.
Private jet charter costs to Ibiza and Mykonos
For aircraft booking ahead, these are typical charter costs from London to Ibiza or Mykonos:
To book your flight to Ibiza or Mykonos for this summer or for personalised prices for any global itinerary, contact our expert Flight Team (24 hours) on +44 (0) 1747 642 777.