How about treating your family by taking them to a European Christmas market on a private plane?

How can I avoid the the hassles of commercial flying when I go on a Christmas Holiday? Where are the best Christmas markets in Europe? How expensive is it to hire a private plane to Europe to take my family to a christmas market? Is flying privately the best Christmas present for my family? What is a single engine prop plane and what are its advantages in flying to Europe?

We may be unsure of our relationship with Europe at the moment, but how can we resist the splendour of their Christmas markets. Yes, that’s right, summer is over and it’s time to talk about Christmas again! Christmas in England is usually a cold, grey affair, with last minute sale shopping and disgusting home brewed mulled wine. Europe, however, is the antithesis. Picture snow covered streets, filled with stalls carrying homemade goods, the sweet smell of roasted walnuts, and carol singers. (In Europe, they’re actually in tune.) Now, rather than just imagining this site, you too can experience it. And why not treat yourself to a trip to remember and go by private jet? 

That’s far too expensive, I hear you cry. But that’s not necessarily true. 

Flying private is definitely an extravagance, and will be more expensive than flying commercial, but it is not as much as you may think. With the recent legalisation of the Single Engine Prop Plane, hiring a private plane is not only cheaper but also a lot more convenient. The smaller wingspan means you can fly from a much smaller airfield, perhaps one local to you, which cuts down your overall travel time. The extra costs will be for comfort, for luxury, for accessibility, and most of all, you’re paying to remove all stress from your journey. We all know how tough it is to fly with a family – just think Home Alone. 

By this stage, I imagine that you are nearly convinced. But let me provide one more huge advantage to flying private – no queues!!! 

At a commercial airport, there is nothing to do except queue. Queue at the check in, queue at security, queue at the gate, queue on the plane, queue at immigration, queue in WH Smiths…. You get the picture. However, at a private airfield, the word “queue” is not even part of their vocabulary. You arrive at the airfield, and after a few checks, you’re on the plane and ready to go.  There is no waiting for other planes, and the pilot follows your schedule. Similarly, at your destination, you can act like a celebrity, leaving the plane and hoping into your awaiting car. Just hope the paparazzi don’t turn up! 

As an important side-note too, private planes don’t have a prescribed baggage allowance, so you can buy as much as you like in the market without worrying about your suitcase. You can buy presents for everyone you know, and of course, most importantly, yourself! 

Christmas is a time for giving, and what better present can you give to your family than a festive trip to Europe. So, forget about summer, pick a city, and get booking! 

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Will Graham

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I graduated from the University of Warwick with a BSc Hons in Mathematics & Statistics. Since leaving university I have become Founder and Director of

While studying I played an active role in the family nursing home business, The Graham Care Group, and have continued as a Graduate Trainee alongside my work with FlexiFly, being involved with all areas of the business.

For some years I have been actively involved in international motorsport and achieved numerous awards as co-driver to a European Rally Champion (my dad!). It was these experiences of weekends in Europe that partly inspired us about how we could make air travel more flexible and convenient. The calibre of competitors we met on events have given us insight into the potential our alternative to traditional aircraft charter has.


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