With many of the worlds key sporting events postponed in 2020, the 2021 calendar is looking ahead to carrying on the traditions for great sporting moments. The Tokyo Olympics and Paralympic games, as well as the Euro 2020 and Copa América football tournaments, were among the biggest global sports events impacted by the coronavirus pandemic last year. But with new dates set, alongside what was already shaping up to be a year of great sporting events, such as the upcoming Super Bowl in Tampa, 2021 is certainly set to entertain.
Safety, flexibility and reliability for team travel have never been more essential, which is why we expect more teams (and event-goers) to look to group charter for the first time as more sporting events return this year. With major sporting governing bodies, including the MLB, NFL, NBA, and other professional sporting leagues, specifically using private charter for flight solutions, the benefits of group charter for team travel are widely recognized due to the greater degree of control over the end-to-end experience.
Why choose a group charter for sports team travel?
Complete control compared to scheduled services
Scheduled services have been dramatically reduced as a result of ongoing travel restrictions across the globe and a cut in the usual demand. Even once travel restrictions are lifted again, it is likely to take time for schedules to recover to the same pre-pandemic level, and with many sporting events often requiring a tight travel itinerary, scheduled services are often not flexible enough to meet these needs. Private charter offers a reliable alternative with guaranteed availability, ensuring your team will get to where they need to be, exactly when they need to be there.
Minimize your risk to exposure
Minimizing potential contact with others is vital in greatly reducing any potential infection risk. Aircraft charter gives you the freedom to choose where, when and who you fly with.
Avoid the use of larger more crowded commercial hubs by choosing a more convenient or local airport to fly from. Flying from a private airport vastly reduces the number of touch-points and surfaces as well as face to face interaction for your group.
By keeping groups traveling together in a team 'bubble', you are in control of who your team have contact with. We only work with approved aircraft operators, ensuring aircraft and crew comply with COVID-19 procedures, in addition to the strict safety processes we have in place.
Increased safety measures
Throughout COVID-19 our Safety and Security division has continually provided us with the most up to date processes for ensuring safe travel. As part of your charter, we can arrange the deep cleaning of the aircraft prior to departure, as well as provide all passengers with PPE, including face masks, gloves and hand sanitizers. When choosing the fly via aircraft charter, we can ensure your team are always fully protected.
A better travel experience
Air Partner are also able to cater to any request, including bespoke food and beverage requirements for athletes who must adhere to a strict nutrition and dietary program. With tailored onboard catering, we can also provide a deli-bag service to be delivered to each seat prior to boarding to minimize contact time with the crew.
All these additional measures can be tailored to your exact requirements and our dedicated Account Managers are on hand to provide advice and assistance.
Should you require more information on private charter for your group, please do get in touch. With our dedicated 24/7 support, 60 years of aviation experience, approved operators and expert advice, we’ll provide you with a solution to meet your requirements.