Empty leg’s have become a popular topic as many charter fliers are looking for a discounted way of flying private and others are surfing the web to try and fulfill that experience and cross flying private off their bucket list. Being knowledgeable about the topic can you help you in your future search.
Empty legs are flights that are scheduled to fly without passengers back to their home base or to connect to an already scheduled charter flight or aircraft owners trip. In order to entice customers to jump on board of these flights the retail price on that particular aircraft is usually discounted anywhere from 20-35%, and as much as 50-60% if the scenario presents itself to work perfectly point to point to the schedule of the customer and operator.
Many people wonder why aircraft owners or management companies wont just take a couple thousand dollars if the flight is just going to go back empty. Although that is factually true, aircraft owners can take the repositioned flight as a loss on their taxes in turn not actually taking the financial hit to their bank account.
Most empty legs are geared to those fliers who are very flexible in when and where they want to go. For instance, if you don’t care if you left on a Sunday night or a Monday morning and are able to travel to White Plains opposed to Farmingdale you might be able to save money on your next private charter. Every scenario is a little different depending on the aircraft travel schedule and how badly that aircraft needs to move from one airport to the next to fit future trips.
If you want to look at our open empty legs page on our website, we have hundreds posted each day and updated on an hourly basis. Below is a link, you can even sign up for e-mail updates if a specific routing you have in mind pops up in the future.