Air charter services first arose in response to travel requirements from corporate executives and tour group operators on routes where traditional, scheduled airlines services were not available.
Here are some frequently asked questions about air charter and how it works:
IS CHARTER MORE EXPENSIVE THAN BUYING AN AIRLINE TICKET?
With air charter, you essentially book the entire aircraft, not just a seat. By default, that means that the cost per flight is significantly more. However, when operating larger charter aircraft for groups, the cost of a charter ticket can be the same as a traditional airline ticket.
CAN I GO WHEREVER I WANT?
Within reason, yes. As long as the destination’s airstrip complies with the requirements to safely land and depart the aircraft again, we can land at any destination of your choice.
CAN I DEPART AND ARRIVE AT ANY TIME I WANT?
Within reason, yes. Certain airports have cut off times as they do not have facilities for night flying. However, if suitable facilities exist, we can depart and land at any time of the day or night.
CAN I CARRY ANYTHING I WANT ON BOARD?
Within reason, yes. There are certain items, labelled “dangerous goods” which, by law, cannot be carried on board any aircraft. However, special permits can be arranged to carry the necessary items as and when required.
HOW LONG BEFORE MY FLIGHT SHOULD I CHECK IN?
We recommend that you arrive at the airport approximately 30 minutes before scheduled departure time on domestic flights. For international flights it is recommended that you arrive at the airport one hour before departure as clearing customs and immigration takes some time.
HOW MUCH LUGGAGE CAN WE BRING?
Since the entire airplane will be used for you and your party, luggage will depend on the number of passengers on board and their total weights. Usually 15kg per person can be carried aboard.
ARE CHARTER AIRCRAFT SAFE?
Yes. MCC Aviation has an unparalleled commitment to passenger safety. We will provide safety and maintenance records for the aircraft you choose, as well as extending insurance coverage to the charter operator.
HOW DO I KNOW IF THE CHARTER IS LEGAL? DOES IT MATTER?
Licences to operate charters, known as Air Operating Certificates (AOCs) are expensive to obtain and even more difficult maintain. The legalities and regulations are extremely strict and not all who apply are successful. Registered and approved charter operators, like MCC Aviation, conform to very high safety and operational standards.
Some companies operate as brokers but do not own their own AOCs. Using the chartering services of a broker rather than a certified operator exposes customers to risks, including safety hazards, underqualified pilots, lack of legal liability cover (in the event of an accident) and/or poorly maintained aircraft, to name but a few.