Traveling to Russia for the World Cup? Here’s What You Need to Know

With only a few weeks remaining until the start of international soccer’s main event, the FIFA World Cup, hosted in Russia, there is a notable increased demand for private jet travel to Russia – both internationally and for internal transfers between the 11 venues.

One of the world’s most high profile sporting events, the World Cup attracts a huge amount of visitors to Russia for the duration of the soccer tournament. Some of those flying by private jet to the World Cup includes players, teams and agents; sponsors and corporate executives; VIPs and celebrities; and of course, fans.

The various soccer venues, which are situated all over the country, are each well-served by private jet airports. Many of them are smaller airports, allowing shorter ground transfers to the games. Private jet flights will also allow World Cup visitors to travel on a more flexible schedule and spend less time at the airport and more time cheering on their home teams.

The World Cup Match Sites

The World Cup Match Sites

However, the Russian government is expecting its biggest ever influx of private jets for the tournament, with numbers expected to either match if not exceed that of Brazil in 2014. This means passengers should plan ahead and be aware of special conditions that apply to flights in and out of Russia’s airports over the period of the games.

Check out this roundup of Russian World Cup Match Sites also.

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To make it easier, here are the key ways private jet flights may be affected and what you can do to prepare:

1.  More Advance Planning May Be Required

While private aviation usually allows you to fly within as little as an hour or two of booking if required, we’re advising clients to confirm as far in advance as possible for their World Cup flights. Our 24 hour flight team will organize all the paperwork as usual for your flight, but it can take a little longer when so many flights are expected at the same airport.

Especially when considering extensive catering request, ground transfers and fueling, passengers are being warned that due to heavier traffic, the transition windows for take-off and touch-down are going to be tight.

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Other flight planning, such as crew VISAs and landing permits, may also take longer than usual. So in order to ensure your preferred flight schedule, when you are flying into such a major event, it pays to confirm your plans in advance.

2.  Aircraft May Need Repositioning For Parking In Russia

While most airports usually have space for aircraft to park while waiting for a return flight, airports serving the World Cup venues will have very limited parking available for private jet aircraft – before, during and for at least a week after the tournament.

This means many aircraft operators will need to use other, close-by airports as overflow parking, while aircraft are on the ground between flights.

Demand for aircraft services such as fuel, catering, water, crew rest, and maintenance will also be higher than usual, so overflow airports will act as service facilities, as well as parking lots.

This can impact the charter price, as flights that need to be repositioned will incur extra costs. And you require a change of timings, this might take a little longer than usual to arrange.

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3.  Scheduled Slots Will Be Required

From all reports, Russian authorities are looking to strictly enforce the slot system in airports for the World Cup. Aircraft that miss their designated slots may find it taken or may even face fines.

Flights will be given a plus-or-minus 30 minute window to hit their slots. Many Russian airports are also warning of relocation for aircraft parking.

Usually cabotage rules are strictly applied in Russia – so that non-Russian operators cannot perform internal flights within the country. But during the World Cup these rules have been relaxed.

4.  Airports Will Be Closed Before and During Matches

Primary airports for the 2018 World Cup will have some closures on match days during the tournaments, including one hour before a match and for three to four hours afterwards. These restrictions will be in place for all aircraft, regardless of who is on board.

If 100% capacity is reached, airport closures may take place at other times to new flight bookings – so again, it makes sense to plan ahead as far as possible.

Some airports are also expected to close entirely for helicopters during the World Cup period.

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Our 24-hour Flight Team can give expert advice and pricing for your private jet and helicopter flights from the Russia World Cup 2018. Contact us online or call (866)726-1222.