—- Leading aircraft charter specialist, Air Charter Service, says that it expects charter flight bookings for
Euro 2024, from fans in particular, to ramp up in the coming weeks, as the tournament is now just
around the corner.
Alex Sadat-Shafai, ACS’s Global Football Director, commented: “With Poland, Ukraine and Georgia
confirming their places in Groups D, E and F respectively, the Euro 2024 set up is complete and
excitement around the event is really building. We have been receiving calls since the initial group stage
draw at the beginning of December last year and have already taken a lot of bookings, predominantly
on larger aircraft from the FAs and teams themselves, but also some private jets. We are now entering
the final phase in the run up to the tournament, and we fully expect enquiries, particularly from fan
groups, to ramp up over the next month or so. Attention has firmly turned towards the tournament,
with the opening games now just over two months away – most teams only having one or two warm up
friendlies in early June directly before their first match.
“Charter flights play a vital role in the logistics of competitions such as this. With attendances expected
to total more than two and a half million people, there is simply not enough capacity on scheduled
services to cater for everyone. And, although all the matches are in Germany, many underestimate the
size of the country – some of the distances between consecutive group games are four hundred miles
“With Germany being so central in Europe, most competing countries are a maximum of two to three
hours’ flight away. This makes it possible to do day trips for these nations to the games, especially those
that are earlier in the day, flying home directly after the match. Some German airports are closed
overnight, but we are well-placed to offer the nearest alternative open airport for every evening match.
“In some previous football tournaments we have chartered aircraft to every single game, so we know
what to expect, as bookings usually follow a similar charter booking pattern. Football associations and
teams themselves are often the first to book, followed by tournament sponsors, the media, fans and
corporate clients; so we are expecting a lot more interest in the coming weeks. Then there will always
be more demand as the tournament progresses, for flights when nations seal their places in the next
round of the competition – before now we’ve even had phone calls from people still at the stadium
looking for a flight to the next match!”
About Air Charter Service 
Air Charter Service is a global aircraft charter broker with 34 offices worldwide, spanning all six major continents
and we offer private jet, commercial airliner and cargo aircraft charters, as well as onboard courier solutions. We
arrange over 28,000 charter flights annually with revenue of more than one billion dollars for the past four years.
We were formed in 1990 by Chairman Chris Leach and CEO Justin Bowman in the basement of a house, and we
now employ more than 600 staff worldwide.