Here at Chapman Freeborn, we fly passengers to hundreds of destinations around the world. Whether it be for business or leisure, our specialist team is on hand to listen to client requirements and provide the perfect flight solution.
Of all the possible destinations, there are some that we fly to more than others. This could be because the city is a business centre, it may be a tourism hotspot, or simply due to the wealth of the residents. Business flights are common year round, as opposed to leisure flights, which are particularly frequent during the summer months.
Taking data from all of our private jet flights in 2017, we have produced a list of Chapman Freeborn’s Top 10 Private Jet Destinations. Below is a detailed summary as to why these cities are so popular…
10. Brussels Airport (BRU)
Brussels is an expat hive. Here is where you will find the headquarters to the European Union and NATO, and is also home to several international corporations. Because of this, expat numbers in Brussels are at a record high. 62% of the city’s population is foreign, which means that the city is teeming with cultures from across the world.
The city’s multiculturalism is evident by its variety of restaurants, cafes and markets. International flavours and décor are so wide-ranging that no two nights out in Brussels are the same. One thing that is a constant, however, is the Belgian beer on offer. Beer reigns supreme here, with more than 160 spread across the country.
Tourist attractions include many architectural sites such as the Grand-Place, which is the centre square of Brussels. It comprises of the City Hall, the tall-standing Maison du Roi, and numerous guild houses. There are also 39 museums, ranging from art to chocolate, which can all be accessed after purchasing a Brussels Museum Pass.
Speaking of chocolate, Belgium’s capital city has a lot to offer. The county has more chocolate factories than any other city in the world. Perhaps the most famous chocolatier is Pierre Marcolini, and his boutique can be found in Brussels, where tourists can sample chocolate from the Ivory Coast to Cuba.
From Brussels, visitors can easily catch trains to France, Luxembourg and the Netherlands. Amsterdam, Paris and Lille are popular destinations, as they can all be reached within three hours – perfect for day trips from Brussels.
9. Düsseldorf Airport (DUS)
Düsseldorf, North Rhine-Westphalia’s capital, is a modern multicultural city that boasts high-end hotels, fine art and designer fashion. Banking, advertising and telecommunication industries are prominent here, meaning the cost of living is higher than most other German cities. However, behind the corporate curtain, Düsseldorf is a lively and creative place to be.
Postmodern architecture is seen around every corner. There is a very noticeable art scene here, with more than 100 galleries and 26 museums squeezed into this relatively small city. Notably, the Kunst Palast Museum has one of the largest collections, from classical antiquity to modern art. Due to Düsseldorf’s size, most of the attractions are accessible on foot or by bike.
Königsallee, or ‘Ko’ to the locals, features the city’s famous shopping street. It hosts numerous high end stores selling designer fashion labels, lined alongside sophisticated cafes beside the canal. The wealth of Düsseldorf is more evident here than anywhere else in the city.
Other areas include Altstadt, which claims to be the ‘longest bar in the world’, with 260 bars and restaurants in less than half a square mile. The Flingern region has transformed itself into an artistic hipster hangout, whereas Medienhafen is a recently renovated harbour that prides itself on its avant-garde architecture.
After exploring Düsseldorf has been exhausted, it is easy to travel to neighbouring Netherlands, Belgium or Luxembourg. Cologne and Frankfurt are also in close proximity, for day trips or business meetings.
8. McCarran International Airport (LAS)
Las Vegas is more than just a strip of glamourous casinos. Originally a Western cowboy town, the city has transformed itself into a luxurious nocturnal utopia, with chic clubs and boutique hotels around every corner. World renowned chefs dish up international cuisine to Michelin star standards, and hotels are like no other.
Every trip to Las Vegas coincides with a mega star’s stage show. A-listers from around the world frequently play at some of the city’s most prestigious concert venues. Expect to see golden oldies such as Celine Dion, Elton John, the Backstreet Boys or Ricky Martin, and even legendary DJs like Calvin Harris, Steve Aoki or Tiësto. Aside from live music, Cirque du Soleil, the Blue Man Group, and magicians Penn & Teller perform frequently year round.
The City of Lights is just a small speck in a giant wasteland, however this wasteland is filled with some of the most beautiful natural sites on the planet. Many visitors do not spend their whole time cooped up in a casino, but instead decide to venture out into the neighbouring national parks. The Grand Canyon, Hoover Dam, and Death Valley National Park are all a short flight away, and perfect for day trips.
Hotels range in both price and luxury. For around $300 a night, guests can stay in a standard room at the Encore, Cosmopolitan or Delano hotels. Spend a bit more however, and stay in a Skyloft at the MGM Grand.
7. Palm Beach International Airport (PBI)
Palm Beach is the third wealthiest city in the United States. Here, millionaires are common folk. It is home to 25 billionaires, housed in mansions along the Atlantic shore. Wealth is prevalent, and this is reflected in the cost of living. Designer stores, sports cars and exclusive social clubs are common sights in Palm Beach.
From Palm Beach, it is possible to explore other areas of East Coast Florida by road or private jet. Along this strip, there is a wide range of luxurious hotel resorts, beaches, restaurants and bars, especially in Miami. Here, South Beach architecture and culture is evident. There is a clear chilled out vibe throughout the city, complimented by the year round warm weather and endless coastline.
The neighbouring Fort Lauderdale, although not the trendy city it used to be, is now popular with a more sophisticated crowd. Gone are the days of late night drinking and partying until the sun comes up. Teenagers have been replaced with adults, and that seems to be how the residents and visitors like it. Lavish restaurants are now in place of nightclubs, and fancy hotels are more common than hostels.
In the other direction to the North, Daytona Beach attracts partiers and sports fans alike. The world famous Daytona International Speedway attracts thousands during the racing season, and when the city is not filled with motorheads, there are frequent music festivals of all varieties.
6. Teterboro Airport (TEB)
New York City is arguably the most famous city in the world. The setting for every other movie, it is hard to believe that this place isn’t fiction. It is easy to feel dwarfed by the countless skyscrapers that make up every block, and with dozens of famous landmarks and attractions, New York is not a quick city to explore.
As one of the most multicultural cities in the world, with over 200 nationalities, the next community is just a subway ride to the next district. Whether it be the crowds of Chinatown, or the strong Jewish community in the Upper West Side, there are several different ways you can experience New York City.
With these various cultures, comes a wide range of cuisines and delicacies. Whatever the dish, there will be somewhere in New York that will be serving it. The city prides itself on locally sourced ingredients – if the produce isn’t grown at an upstate farm, there are even some restaurants that grown vegetables on their building’s roof. Michelin-starred restaurants are rife here, with 72 scattered across the city, however many of these require reservations way in advance.
For those who enjoy museums and galleries, then New York is the place to be. The city is one of the world’s greatest cultural centres, catering to every kind of curiosity, aesthetics and culture. It is home to hundreds of world famous establishments and historical sites, so it is important to research them before deciding which ones to visit.
5. O. R. Tambo International Airport (JNB)
Located in the heart of vibrant South Africa, Johannesburg is the largest city in Gauteng and is a bustling urban hive – a metropolis of culture, innovative cuisine, arts and music that sits alongside the financial hub of Sandton and a growing business epicentre.
Johannesburg is often used as a pit-stop for travellers heading onto Cape Town, Kruger National Park, and the wine region. As one of the world’s largest producers with over 600 wineries. South Africa’s wine country attracts visitors from around the world to visit the sprawling vineyards, trail routes such as The Vaal River Meaner Wine Route, and sample some of the regions finest including Hamilton Russell, Vergelegen, Raats Family, and Rustenberg.
Many travellers are now extending their stay to spend a little time in this vibrant city and the surrounding areas.
Soweto, (an acronym of South West Townships), located on the city’s mining belt, is a popular location for travellers visiting sites such as the home of former President Nelson Mandela, the Hector Petersen Memorial site and Kliptown (where the Freedom Charter was established),
Johannesburg is a progressive city, with a real sense of optimism – the last few years has seen historic neighbourhood’s revitalised, bringing life back to once redundant streets framed by striking 19th-20th century architecture. Tours are available (and recommended) so as not to miss the hidden gems of local areas such as Chinatown, which can be dated back to the 1660s. Ferreirasdorp – the oldest area of the city and home to a number of cultural heritage sites and where the first gold diggings began.
4. Paris–Le Bourget Airport (LBG)
Instantly recognisable, and one of the world’s most beautiful cities, with a collection of museums, galleries and picture-perfect landmarks, the city of lights is a truly special place.
Paris excels when it comes to café culture. Start your day in true Parisian fashion and enjoy Petit Dejeuner on the terrace of the historic Café de Flore with a fresh cup of Café Expresso Special or indulge in the delicious Chocolat Viennois and a crisp, buttery croissant (or two).
It’s hard to beat Paris’ offering of must-see attractions from The Louvre (the most visited museum in the world), to the stunning Musée d’Orsay and Musée de l’Orangerie – acclaimed for their collections of French Impressionist art. Visit the Pompidou Centre – Musée National d’Art Moderne which holds the largest collection of modern and contemporary art in Europe.
The city centre is scattered with stunning landmarks, many of which can be found in the historical district along the Seine – a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Take in all that Paris has to offer from the Cathedral of Notre Dame de Paris and The Gothic Royal Chapel of both situated on the Île de la Cité, to the Eiffel Tower and the Arc de Triomphe on the Champs-Élysées, and the Basilica of Sacré-Coeur on the hill of Montmartre, the list goes on…
After a day of sight-seeing, enjoy an Apéritif and while away the evening before heading to dinner at one of Paris’ many Bistros, from A la Biche au Bois, to Gregory Marchand’s Frenchie – there is something for everyone.
3. Berlin Schönefeld Airport (SXF)
Berlin is steeped in a rich history of resilience, revolution, and innovation, reminders of this are visible throughout the city from striking architecture both old and new, to the many Museums and memorial sites.
Museum Island, located in the heart of Berlin is home to five Museums: Pergamonmuseum, Bode-Museum, Neues Museum (New Museum), Alte Nationalgalerie (Old National Gallery), Altes Museum (Old Museum). The Altes Museum was originally founded in 1830 for scholarship resource, over the years the island has become a source of national pride. Drawing in visitors from around the world – the Pergamon Museum alone attracts around 1,000,000 visitors every year.
Visit Gedenkstätte Berliner Mauer, the Berlin Wall Memorial which stretches 1.4kilometers along the Bernauer Strasse. Adjoining an original section of the wall, where remnants of the border installations, a chapel and escape tunnels remain today. Traces of the wall and remembrance sites can be found across the city from the East Side Gallery – the world’s longest open-air gallery, visit Checkpoint Charlie, the Tränenpalast (Palace of Tears), and Topographie des Terrors.
Today, Berlin is a gritty mix of culture, edge and sophistication that keeps people coming back time and time again.
From an eclectic art and design scene – visit Contemporary Fine Arts, (one of Berlin’s best-known spaces). To its diverse architecture, picturesque parks and the countless restaurants, bars and nightclubs. There is something for everyone. Whether you’re looking to indulge in the latest gastronomic innovations or seeking the ultimate in nightclub experiences this city has it all, in abundance.
2. Châlons Vatry Airport (XCR)
Serving Châlons-en-Champagne, Châlons Vatry Airport (XCR) first opened as Vatry Airbase in 1953, and later became a civilian airport in 2000. It is unofficially promoted as Paris-Vatry (Disney), despite being around 65 miles from Disneyland Paris and approximately 92miles east of downtown Paris.
Châlons-en-Champagne (formerly Châlons-sur-Marne) in north-eastern France, is a popular destination for those wanting to stroll the famous cobbled streets of the ‘Route du Champagne’ and visit the houses of the world’s esteemed champagne producers, including Joseph Perrier, where visitors can take a tour of the 3 kilometres of underground chalk caves and taste and buy its distinguished cuvées.
For aficionados, this is a trip of a lifetime as not only do you get to taste some of the finest champagne and visit the labyrinth of caves of world-famous houses such as Moët & Chandon, Pol Roger, Perrier-Jouët, there are also a handful of smaller independent producers that you would never find in a supermarket.
As the capital of the Marne department, there is more to the region than just champagne (although a fantastic place to start). Châlons-en-Champagne has a rich history and religious heritage accompanied by striking Gothic architecture – a perfect example of such design is the Châlons Cathedral.
Châlons also has two UNESCO-listed churches: Collégiale Notre-Dame-en-Vaux, and the stunning Basilique Notre-Dame de l’Épine. We also recommend a trip to the Notre-Dame-en-Vaux Cloister Museum which holds the excavations from the original Romanesque cloister in the 1960s.
1. Nice Côte d’Azr Airport (NCE)
When arriving in Nice, to fully immerse yourselves in the Côte d’Azur experience we recommend a stroll along the sun-drenched Promenade des Anglais (named after the English expat patrons who funded it in 1822).
Visit the promenade’s stunning landmarks including the art-deco Palais de la Méditerranée, the chic Hôtel Negresco and admire Niçoise sculptor Sabine Géraudie’s La Chaise de SAB (2014) – ‘The Chair’.
If you don’t fancy wandering the entire 4km that surrounds the Baie des Anges, sate your appetite at one of the many delicatessens, cafes and bistros offering everything from classic French cuisine, to modern fine dining. Enjoy the sunset views of the aquamarine sea and pastel skies accompanied by some delicious niçoise cuisine.
Get lost in the winding alleyways of Nice’s charming Old Town, and indulge your sweet tooth in one of the many Gelataria’s including maître glacier (master ice-cream maker) Fenocchi, and while away an hour (or two) deciding which of the delicious flavours to try.
Nice is also a popular destination for those travelling along the picturesque French Riviera to destinations such as Monaco and Cannes. Revered for its Michelin-starred dining, designer boutiques, and beautiful beaches, the Riviera also plays host to a number of prestigious events including The Formula 1 – Monaco Grand Prix and the Cannes Film Festival.
The Monaco Grand Prix – Circuit of Monte-Carlo is one of the most prestigious events of the racing calendar, drawing crowds from around the world to get a split-second glimpse of the 78-lap race as they wind around city streets of Monte Carlo, and the harbour.