VIPs Over Vegas: The Eye-Popping Number of Private Jets Expected for Super Bowl Week

Private jets will have a problem finding parking space in Las Vegas for the Super Bowl. The expected number of jets is more than double the spaces available.

Las Vegas airports knew the demand for private jet parking would be high for the Super Bowl. The local airports used last November’s Formula 1 race as a dress rehearsal for the traffic expected for the Super Bowl, and they reached capacity for private jets attending the F1 race.

Las Vegas’ Private Plane Parking

There are four airports immediately around Las Vegas, and the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) has already announced that every parking spot for private jets has been reserved for the Super Bowl.

FAA spokesman Rick Breitenfeldt told the Associated Press that all 1,100 aircraft parking pads in the Phoenix area were claimed for last year’s Super Bowl.

Heidi Hayes, a spokesperson for the Clark County Department of Aviation, told the Associated Press that the four airports in the Las Vegas area have a combined total of 475 parking spots.

Harry Reid International is Clark County’s main airport, along with ones in North Las Vegas, Henderson, Nevada, and Boulder City Municipal Airport, which is about 25 miles from Las Vegas.

Henderson Airport, about 17 miles south of Las Vegas, added 18 acres of additional parking last March.

NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy told the AP that the NFL doesn’t handle aircraft requests, but the league does coordinate with several organizations, including the FAA and host city airport authorities for the Super Bowl.

Michael Giordano, a partner at Cirrus Aviation Services, told the New York Post that he has a client already flying in Katie Perry, Justin Bieber, and U2 via various casino clients.

Giordano said, “He wants to land his plane on the Friday before the Super Bowl and put it in my hangar. I told him that I don’t think I can do it. I told him, ‘Dude, it’s not about money. I can’t get you in.’”

Airport Planning for Super Bowl Week

Hayes told Aviation International News that the F1 race helped airport authorities determine what was needed for the Super Bowl. She said, “We really used that as an opportunity to put some of those plans in place for F1 that we were planning for Super Bowl.”

Hayes added, “We’ve reached out to our counterparts in other cities who have had to go through these big events as well to see what their operations were, to see what their stress points were, to help plan our efforts.”

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On Thursday, Friday, and Saturday of Super Bowl Week, there is an LIV golf competition in Las Vegas, and players and spectators have reserved some private plane sports. There was a PGA event played in Phoenix during last year’s Super Bowl that also reduced spots available to Super Bowl attendees.

Hayes told Aviation International News that increased staff will raise prices to park at Henderson and North Las Vegas airports. Prices will be between $750 and $3,000, depending on the size of the plane.

Hayes told the Associated Press that the parking rate at Harry Reid International will not be changed. Depending on the size of the plane, the rate is $20 to $150 a day.

One option for private jets would be to drop off passengers at a Las Vegas-area airport and park at another one.

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