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The Truth About Private Jet Empty Legs

You might have heard the term 'empty leg' used to describe a discounted private jet flight.


An empty leg is the return portion of a booked one-way private charter flight. The aircraft needs to fly empty to reposition itself for its next customer or to return to its home base…just as a taxi would often need to do on the ground.



These one-way private jet flights can offer savings from 10 – 75% off the full charter price. The exact price will depend on the route and the operator. But for many travelers, it can be difficult to understand how they work, and whether the eye-catching prices are too good to be true.


It’s important to understand that empty legs are somewhat of a movable feast, but if you’re prepared to be flexible at short notice, a bit savvy, and know where to look, it can be a great way to experience private jet travel at close-to-airline prices.


An empty leg can be subject to change or cancellation if the original customer changes their timing or route for example. And of course, an empty leg is only one-way, so you’ll probably need to combine it with an airline ticket to complete the trip. While empty legs can offer an exciting way of sampling private jet travel at a fraction of the cost, it’s important that customers understand the limitations.



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