Items that drive up the cost of private charter

Flying private is an aviation experience in a class of its own. The comfort, convenience and security of a business jet flight are unmatched - but how do the services provided to private charter passengers affect the final invoice amount?

If you’re curious about the items on your private charter invoice, or would like to keep your business travel expenses streamlined, we’ve compiled a list of the most common items that drive up the cost of a private charter.

Repositioning or Ferry Leg

Once you’ve reached your destination in a private charter jet, it has to return to its homebase, or it has to be ferried to another airport for the next charter. Depending on how far this is, it can drive the cost up considerably.

At ZUUM, we specialise in viewing the market holistically, in order to always offer you the aircraft in closest proximity or with the shortest deviation to it’s charter schedule, ensuring you get the most competitive rate.

The VIP Lounge

Lounge access is one of the perks of flying private, and virtually every private charter terminal offers its passengers some kind of VIP lounge.

While VIP lounges offer comfort and pre-flight relaxation, they are often included as added extras on a private charter.

Customers who are looking to reduce their overall charter bill may want to consider timing their arrival at the private terminal just before they are due to board the aircraft.


The FBO, or fixed base operator, is responsible for managing the private terminal you’ll be departing from.

The size, layout, and facilities offered by each FBO can differ quite a bit - and so can the FBO charges.

As a rule, if you don’t think you’ll need a comprehensive service offering, you can always opt for a more streamlined FBO at a nearby airport.

On the other hand, the FBO charges may come to less than luxury accommodation would, for every passenger traveling with you.


The longer your business jet sits at the airport during an active charter, the higher your layover expenses will be.

Wait time fees accrue for every day your jet sits at the airport between your arrival and departure dates.

You can minimise these fees by chartering separate aircraft, using two empty leg flights (if available).


You’ll be charged for your business jet crew on a daily basis, with several costs included on your invoice. These include:

  • Daily crew salaries
  • Per diem allowances for day-long trips - up to $100 per crew member
  • Accommodation and dining costs for each crew member - this could range between $150 and $500 per person.

These daily costs apply to each day of active flying as well as layover days. The longer your layover, and the more additional crew members you request, the higher your crew costs will be.

Landing and departure fees

Every airport charges private charters a landing and departure fee, which is usually billed on a per-passenger basis.

Fees vary by region and airport, with busier locations near major cities attracting higher fees than those in remote locations.

You’ll be informed of any arrival and departure fees that are payable on your invoice, and FlyZUUM will settle these fees with the airport on your behalf.

Slot fees and special airport fees

Flying private is a great way to reduce waiting times at the airport - but business jets are still required to follow a takeoff and landing schedule.

Every jet is assigned a takeoff slot during which the aircraft must depart, and missing the cutoff time can result in unnecessary delays.

There may be an additional charge for peak-time slots and other airport fees at your private terminal. You’ll see a detailed breakdown of these on your invoice.

De-icing insurance

Traveling by private charter in cold regions that are prone to winter snowfall is usually hassle-free.

However, there is always the risk of ice and snow, which may result in your charter aircraft needing to be de-iced before takeoff.

Since the cost of de-icing can add several hundred dollars to your charter bill, paying small de-icing insurance premium is a wise choice during the winter months.

ILT - Italian Luxury Tax

Every country has its own set of taxes that apply to airline passengers. Flights departing from or arriving in Italy are subject to Italian Luxury Tax, also known as Salva Italia.

ILT is charged at €100 per passenger per leg of under 1500km (covering most flights in and around the EU), and €200 per leg of 1500km or greater (including most transAtlantic flights).

APD - Air Passenger Duty

Another local aviation tax to be aware of is Air Passenger Duty. This applies to passengers departing from all airports in the U.K.

The current APD rates for private jet passengers is £78 per person for legs of 2000 miles or less, and £450 for longer legs (2000 miles or more). This significant gap between the two tax rates makes UK airports a slightly costlier option for longer flights.

Ground Power Unit (GPU)

Before the jet engines start up, the crew will need to carry out some equipment tests and keep the interior lighting and aircon running.

The power that’s needed to do this comes from a small generator called a ground power unit, or GPU - and it may appear as an extra item on your invoice.


Private jet passengers may not have to stand in a customs line like commercial passengers, but there are still customs procedures to be followed.

Customs officials will usually meet you on board when you land, and any goods that qualify for customs duties will need to be declared and the duties settled.

Customs duties may be payable on items like gold, large amounts of cash, and other valuables.

If you’d like some assistance streamlining your private charter invoice, our team is on hand to advise you. Contact us today and we’ll guide you through the various options we have available.