An empty leg, also known as an empty sector, is the repositioning portion of a private jet charter flight. A private jet empty leg comes about when an aircraft needs to fly without any passengers, in order to reposition itself to the starting destination for its next customer. Or to fly back to its home base. Just as a taxi would often need to do on the ground.
Why are empty legs sold at a discounted price?
Private jets are a bespoke travel solution, so often the aircraft operator may not be able to find a full-price customer who wants to charter that particular aircraft, for that specific one-way route and time. As they need to move the aircraft anyway, the operator will often be prepared to sell the empty part of the flight at a significant discount, compared to the full charter price.
How much do private jet empty legs cost?
Empty leg flights are often available at up to 75% discount on the usual charter price. The exact price will depends on the route and the operator. Operators are sometimes prepared to offer exceptionally low prices at the last minute, if they haven’t been able to sell the flight at full price.
So if you are prepared to be flexible, an empty leg flight can be a great way of accessing private jet travel, at lower prices. An empty leg can be combined with commercial airline flights or worked into a private charter schedule, to give a more cost-effective price for a private charter trip.