Why private jet travel is here to stay—Empty Legs

Why private jet travel is here to stay

With the month of May already flying by, the global demand for private jet rental in 2022 is growing and set to continue doing so for the foreseeable future.

MERLIN1 offers clients a choice of top destinations to fly to by private jet charter from our primary bases in San Antonio, Austin, Dallas and Houston. Whilst you plan your next trip, we’re exploring just some of the reasons why private jet travel is here to stay.

The impact of the pandemic on private jet travel

During the pandemic, many of us have felt the effects of the decrease in scheduled commercial flights. In 2021, Statista estimated the number of scheduled passengers carried by the global airline industry amounted to just over 2.2 billion people. This represents a 50 percent loss in global passenger traffic compared to 2019.

Despite this decrease, the demand for flying is still there. Many people across the US and the world are now seeing the benefits of travelling by private jet. According to a recent report by Morgan Stanley, private jet take-offs and landings in the U.S. are up 40% year-on-year. At the end of 2021, they were at their highest point since before the 2008 financial crisis.

With the risk of infection and travel disruption still present, Covid-19 has been a major factor in travelers opting to fly by private jet. A recent report by Goldman Sachs shows that since the start of the pandemic first-time entrants to the private jet market now make up over 30% of buyers. With private boarding, fewer touchpoints and less contact with strangers, passengers can be confident of their Covid status when they arrive at their destination. MERLIN1 work closely with partners across our supply chain to ensure the safety of our crew and passengers through every step of their journey with us. Private jet travel also allows passengers to take control of their travel itineraries without the worry of last-minute disruption and cancelled commercial flights.

A more affordable way to travel

As well as a more reliable way to fly, private jet rental has become more affordable and accessible to in recent years. MERLIN1 offer simple one-way pricing as well as ways to save. This includes regular empty leg trips for our private charter jets, available on a first come first served basis.

Our empty leg offers consist of one-way travel on our Citation III 650s at heavily discounted prices. Empty leg flights are one-way, and will have a pre-determined private jet type, departure date and time, and destination.  They are available when our private charter jets are repositioned to a different location for various reasons.

If you have some time available and are looking for a last-minute weekend trip, empty leg travel could be the perfect option for you. Or if you fancy a spontaneous holiday and are completely flexible about where you go, it could be a great cost-effective choice. Departure times on empty leg flights can be subject to change. Therefore, if you can be flexible and don’t mind the possibility of some last-minute delays or schedule changes, you could bag an awesome deal with MERLIN1 and an experience to remember!

The extraordinary empty leg prices are for the entire private jet and are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Don’t forget that empty leg flights are only one-way, so you will always need to organize your return journey separately.

Our clients’ value MERLIN1’s affordability, saving you treasured time as well as money. Here’s what they had to say:

“I’ve looked at many a corporate jet program and finally, someone has figured out how to make corporate aircraft travel affordable while maintaining the standards we have come to expect.” -Tom C


If I flew commercial, I would have to usually fly out the night before, and be one night away from my family, do a hearing, and probably not get back until the following day or late that night—two days out of work for a 20-minute hearing. It makes more sense to charter and get back to work and to be with family—MERLIN1 is more value! – Michael C

Get in touch

MERLIN1’s Charter Jets San Antonio and Charter Jets Austin private jet rental services are completely customized to our clients’ needs. Whether you’re travelling with family, your partner, friends, colleagues or even your pets, our Concierge Team is available 24/7 to discuss all of your requirements. Give us a call on 210.MERLIN1 (210.777-6839) or leave us a message online and we’ll be in touch soon. We can’t wait to welcome you on board our private charter jets!



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