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3 Tips on Booking a Private Jet Charter Flight to Mountain Airports

December 12, 2012  |  Travel Booking and Tips

As ski season approaches, XOJET flights to and from mountain airports are booking fast. Because flying into mountain airports requires a bit more planning than your average private jet charter flight, we’re re-posting the tips we gave last season so you can spend less time planning and more time on the slopes.

1. Make sure you arrive before sunset.

In order to provide you with the highest level of safety, XOJET doesn’t operate into mountain airports at night unless they can provide electronic precision course guidance. Currently, only the airport in Rifle, Colorado, offers this type of approach. If you need to arrive in the evening and are okay with a slightly longer drive, Rifle is the closest airport to Aspen and Eagle with an instrument landing system.

Citation X in Aspen, CO
XOJET Citation X in Aspen, CO.
Image courtesy of XOJET pilot Brinton Johnson.

2. Book your slots early.

During the winter months, the FAA requires us to reserve airport slots for your departures and arrivals for Aspen, Eagle, Rifle and other mountain airports.  We can request a slot as early as 72 hours prior to your arrival or departure, and as late at 12 hours prior. Since these slots fill up quickly, we recommend booking your flights early, especially on peak travel days.

3. Be flexible.

The weather in the mountains can change as quickly as some people change their minds. When the weather reports look bad for flying, airports sometimes reduce the number of slots until the storm passes. If we lose our slot or can’t secure a slot at your requested time or airport, we’ll work with you to secure an alternate time or airport to meet your schedule.

Often a storm that’s blanketing one airport isn’t affecting another. That’s where your flexibility regarding the type of private aircraft you fly can increase the likelihood of us getting you to your destination on schedule, with no trade-offs on your part in comfort or safety.

So the bottom line for flying into mountain resorts is to plan ahead and be flexible. We can’t guarantee the weather, but we’ll take care of everything else.

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