Most aircraft based in major cities are kept at regional and executive airports that specialize in private jet travel.

At evoJets, we always recommend using airports that cater to private travel. Clients enjoy improved pricing and a superior private jet charter experience at these specialized locations.

Conversely, major airports can increase jet charter rates and often result in a diminished private travel environment.

Positioning Fees

Since most aircraft are based at regional airports, there are often additional flight time fees when using major commercial hubs:

  • Repositioning Fees - Also known as ‘ferry fees’, these charges are billed in addition to passenger time in the air. The charter client pays to fly the plane from its home base to an alternate airport.
  • Short Leg Fees - Moving a plane a very short distance (under 1hr of flight time) results in wear & tear on the aircraft with very little flight time revenue. Owners impose short leg fees on short hops to nearby airports to make up for the loss.

Fuel & Handling Fees

  • Fuel Surcharges - Fuel at major airports like Boston Logan (BOS) and San Francisco International (SFO) is much more expensive than regional alternatives. Using these airports can add $500+ or more in fuel alone.
  • Handling Fees - Major airports that handle heavy commercial volume charge more in handling, ramp and overnight fees to private plane charters.

Private Airports Vs Major Airports

Most major cities have small airports that cater to private travel, which jet charter clients use over major commercial hubs.

Here is a quick guide noting some of the best and worst airports in the US:

Private Airports Major Airports Avg. $ Increase
New York City
Teterboro (TEB) JFK Intl (JFK) $1,500 - $2,500
White Plains (HPN) LaGuardia (LGA) $1,500 - $2,500
Los Angeles
Van Nuys (VNY) Santa Monica (SMO) $800 - $1,500
Burbank (BUR) Los Angeles Intl (LAX) $1,500 - $2,500
Santa Ana (SNA) Long Beach (LGB) $800 - $1,500
San Francisco
Oakland (OAK) San Fran Intl (SFO) $1,500 - $2,500
Hayward (HWD)    
Chicago Executive (PWK) Midway (MDW) $800 - $1,500
Waukegan (UGN) O'Hare (ORD) $1,500 - $2,500
Dupage Regional (DPA)    
DeKalb-Peachtree (PDK) Hartsfield-Jackson (ATL) $1,500 - $2,500
Cobb County (RYY)    
Fulton County (FTY)    

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