When an aircraft has reached its destination and has dropped off its passengers (or cargo) it needs to get back to its home base or it will fly to another airport to pick up other passengers. When this ‘return’ trip is done without passengers it is called an ‘empty leg’.
+ As you can imagine, in our pursuit of a cleaner Planet, flying a plane without any passengers (or cargo) is something we want to avoid. For all the fuel that is burned, we better make sure to use all the benefits from it. Filling up empty flights with passengers and therefore ensuring a correct offsetting of the emissions is something that Flyetic promotes actively.
- You should consider that when booking Empty Leg flights, the schedule is often subject to changes. When the ‘original flight’ changes time or destination this has also an impact on the subsequent “empty leg” flight. When booking such a flight this is definitely something to take into account. Nevertheless, If you are seeking a one-way flight and your itinerary allows you some flexibility it is definitely worthwhile to check the Empty Flight possibilities.
Empty legs flights can be booked with discounts up to 75%. Each empty leg is different and the prices will depend on several aspects, such as flight time, destination and size of the airplane. Prices also vary on the season of your travel. During high season, for example in the summer holiday months, operators will offer empty legs at higher prices since they will be more confident to sell them.
How well your itinerary fits with the (planned) empty leg route is another factor to take into account. Is there a one-on-one match, then the empty leg price can be very close to what it costs to fly the plane (a rate per hour x flight time), added with taxes and fees. If the empty leg needs to be rerouted this will have an additional cost to be calculated in the price.
Thanks to the newest technology, Flyetic has access to a large number of empty leg flights on many different aircraft types, all around the world. If you are searching for empty leg opportunities please contact us. We will be happy to support you in finding a good match. This could be an empty leg offered or a rerouted possibility that we will investigate for you. As an independent middleman between you and the operators we are in a good the position to negotiate the best deal for you!