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Charter demand soars due to World Cup in Russia

With just two weeks to go until the first ball is kicked, Chapman Freeborn is seeing a surge in last-minute charter bookings to the World Cup in Russia.

Now that the Premier League and Champions League seasons are over, football fans are turning their attention to the World Cup and many are leaving their plans to the very last minute.

Simon Cooper, group charter specialist at Chapman Freeborn, says:

“Even at this late stage we’re still receiving requests from groups of fans, although most of these larger aircraft charters were booked months ago. We have aircraft flying in from Europe and all over the world, but Scandinavian supporters in particular seem to be travelling in huge numbers this summer. Swedish fans are always among the best in the world and we’ve seen very high-demand into Nizhny Novgorod where they face South Korea in their first game.

“However, the standout this time around has to be Iceland who are appearing in their first World Cup. For such a small nation their following is phenomenal – boosted by their achievements at Euro 2016. This time around they are travelling en masse and we have flights going in and out of Moscow, Rostov and Volgograd using a fleet of chartered B737 aircraft.”

On the private jet side too demand has soared – and it’s here in particular that fans are leaving it to the very last minute.

Steve Huddlestone, private jet charter specialist, says:

“Football is a global obsession, so we’ve had private jet charters booked to Russia from all over the world – even from countries like the USA and China who didn’t qualify for the tournament. Owing to the country’s size and aviation restrictions, Russia isn’t the easiest place to travel around, but with 45 years of experience we have the knowledge and expertise to get all fans where they need to be.

“We find that many of our charter clients base their holiday plans around the World Cup dates, even if they are not traveling to the tournament. For example, I’ve just booked am Embraer Legacy 650 for one of my clients and a group of his friends so they can watch the first week from the comfort of a luxury villa in Nice.”

As one of the largest countries in the world, air travel is the most efficient way for teams and supporters to travel during this year’s tournament. Find out how far each team will travel during the 2018 FIFA World Cup.