Even the wealthy will have to pay extra for parking at the Super Bowl — at least for their private jets (2024)

  • Hundreds of private jets are expected to flood Las Vegas this weekend for Super Bowl LVIII.
  • Parking space is limited to only about 500 spots across four Vegas-area airports.
  • Eyes are on Taylor Swift's potential travel to the game after her string of concerts in Tokyo this week.

Even the wealthy will have to pay extra for parking at the Super Bowl — at least for their private jets (1)


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Some 330,000 people are expected to visit Las Vegas this weekend as the Kansas City Chiefs take on the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl LVIII.

Half are likely to arrive by air, Clark County Department of Aviation spokesperson Heidi Hayes told Business Insider, and the rich and famous among them will largely travel via private plane. Either way, it takes a village to safely coordinate the massive spike in operations.

The Federal Aviation Administration said it has added around 3,500 additional takeoff and landing slots for the Super Bowl weekend, noting it is working with law enforcement, the aviation community, and the National Football League.

The additional flights are part of a slot system managed by the FAA and the NFL, which covers several Vegas-area airports and helps mitigate oversaturation in the airspace during the busy weekend.


These include Sin City's main Harry Reid International Airport, as well as Henderson Executive Airport, North Las Vegas Airport, and Boulder City Airport in the suburbs. The latter three primarily handle charters and general aviation flights, not scheduled airlines.

Speaking to the Henderson and North Las Vegas airports, Hayes told BI there are about 1,100 slots across the two. She said the airport slot doesn't come at a cost, but both charge a special event landing fee ranging between $750 and $3,000, depending on the size of the plane.

"The reservation slots for landing and departing are double the price they normally are for the Big Game in other cities," a spokesperson for private aviation company Flexjet told BI, noting only two Vegas-area airports can handle larger private aircraft.

Vista, another jet provider seeing high demand before the game, said the landing availability in the Las Vegas region was full by mid-January, noting the company recorded a 25% increase in flight bookings compared to last year's game.

"We proactively secured accommodations for our clients well in advance," Vista US president Leona Qi said. "Now, Los Angeles is one of the nearest locations with availability."

Private plane parking is limited in Las Vegas

Securing an airport slot is one challenge, but finding parking is proving to be another, as spots are limited to only about 500 planes across Las Vegas, the FAA told BI.

According to the agency, Super Bowl parking spot reservations are handed by aircraft service stations known as fixed-based operators, or FBOs.

These handle things like parking, maintenance, passenger handling, and fueling. FBOs are separate from airline terminals and are regularly used by private travelers to skip the crowded passenger gates and busy security lines at large airports.


Like the landing slots, those parking spots are also already full, an FAA spokesperson told the Associated Press.

"The ramps in Vegas will be overwhelmed," private aviation provider flyExclusive CEO Jim Segrave told BI, noting last-minute parking spots will be difficult to find. "People will have to take what they can get at this point."

Adding to the congestion is the LIV Golf tournament, also being held in Las Vegas this weekend. The same problem occurred last year when the WM Phoenix Open and the Super Bowl both took place in Glendale, Arizona, which sold out the 1,100 parking places available across its area airports, Breitenfeldt said.

Even the wealthy will have to pay extra for parking at the Super Bowl — at least for their private jets (4)

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To prep for the influx in ground activity, one of the FBOs managing private jets at Harry Reid, Signature Aviation, is adding another 30 workers to its Las Vegas location — representing a 50% increase in staff, the company's west region VP, Niall Mulcahy, told BI.


The FBO is also bringing in more ground equipment, like refuelers, power units, and tugs: "Formula 1 served as a great template for the Super Bowl," Mulcahy said, referencing the Grand Prix race hosted in Las Vegas in November.

Instead of parking, some travelers will do a "drop-and-go" by sending their planes to be parked at an airport further away. Wealthy flyers will also use private charter companies like flyExclusive to schedule a drop-off and pick-up before and after the Super Bowl.

Meanwhile, in the air, the FAA has created what it calls Traffic Management Initiatives to ensure "equitable access to airports and airspace."

The agency has warned pilots of busy and bottlenecked skies in and around Las Vegas this weekend and to expect things like reroutes, holding, altitude restrictions, ground stops, and ground delays.


People worry if Taylor Swift will make it in time for the Super Bowl

Among the most noteworthy billionaires expected to fly to the Super Bowl this year is Taylor Swift, to cheer on her boyfriend, Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce.

While Swift has a concert in Tokyo the night before, Japan's diplomats have assured fans she won't miss the game — but she likely won't be traveling on her own plane.

According to the FAA, Swift's Dassault Falcon 900, previously registered N898TS, transferred ownership on January 30 to a company based in Missouri.

Her other — and now only — personal jet, a Dassault 7X registered as N621MM, last flew from Baltimore to Nashville on January 28 and hasn't moved since, according to data from the aircraft tracking website JetSpy.


Representatives for Swift did not immediately respond to comment from BI regarding her planned Super Bowl travels.

If Swift's 7X stays put, the pop star is likely to charter a plane for the 12-hour trek from Tokyo to Las Vegas. Ultra-long-ranged private jets like the Bombardier Global 7500 and the Gulfstream G700 could make the journey.

"Of the flights going into the region, 66% are on our Bombardier aircraft," Qi told BI, noting that included its Global 7500.

Even the wealthy will have to pay extra for parking at the Super Bowl — at least for their private jets (2024)


How much does it cost to park a private jet at the Super Bowl? ›

Speaking to the Henderson and North Las Vegas airports, Hayes told BI there are about 1,100 slots across the two. She said the airport slot doesn't come at a cost, but both charge a special event landing fee ranging between $750 and $3,000, depending on the size of the plane.

How many private jets go to Super Bowl? ›

The influx of about 1,000 private jets into Las Vegas for the upcoming Super Bowl between the San Francisco 49ers and the Kansas City Chiefs raises concerns from both economic and environmental standpoints.

Is Las Vegas sold out of private jet parking? ›

Las Vegas has announced that the private jet parking slots for Superbowl weekend are all sold out. This is as billionaires scramble to make it into Sin City for the big game.

How many private planes landed in Las Vegas for the Super Bowl? ›

The private jet that ferried her on the last leg of her marathon journey from Tokyo was one of 882 private planes that flew into Las Vegas over the weekend, according to the business flight tracker WINGX. This year's private jet total is the second-highest for the Super Bowl, according to WINGX data.

How much does a VIP ticket cost at the Super Bowl? ›

Take a look inside a Super Bowl suite that can cost up to $2.5m, offering the height of luxury for this year's face-off between the Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers. With tickets on average costing $9,850, it's no surprise that the VIP packages come with an even heftier price tag.

How much is a VIP room at the Super Bowl? ›

So, let's analyze the cost and benefits of Super Bowl LVIII's luxury suites so that you can determine whether the VIP treatment is worth the investment. Luxury suites for the Super Bowl can be expensive, ranging from $180,000 for four tickets to $1.8 million for 20 tickets.

Does Taylor Swift have a private jet? ›

Swift quietly sells one of her private jets, the Dassault Falcon 900, according to a report on the Federal Aviation Authority's website. Now, she has only one jet—her Dassault 7X.

How many private jets left Arizona after the Super Bowl? ›

They reported 931 business jet departures the day after the 2023 Super Bowl in Phoenix, Arizona, which was up on 592 after the 2022 Super Super Bowl. On an average day in February, daily private jet departures out of Phoenix number 190, suggesting that the sporting event brought five times as much jet traffic as usual.

Do NFL players have private jets? ›

Yes, there are several NFL players who own private jets.

Is Taylor Swift flying to the Super Bowl? ›

Taylor Swift is headed to Super Bowl LVIII via "The Football Era" private jet.

Can you bring cash on a private jet? ›

Yes, you can. This is a common occurrence for many private jet clients. For example, members of royal families may fly with millions of dollars in cash on their person.

How much is a private jet from LA to Vegas? ›

Private Jet Rental Hourly Rates | Los Angeles to Las Vegas
Average Hourly Rates
Heavy Jets $5,500 – $8,500/hourLong Range Jets $6,000 – $12,000/hour
Pistons $1,000 – $1,800/hourTurbo-props $1,200 – $2,000/hour
VIP Airliners $9,000 – $12,000/hrHelicopters $900 – $6,000/hour
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Did Vegas make money on the Super Bowl? ›

Nevada sportsbooks won $6.8M on the game according to the Gaming Control Board. The first Super Bowl played in Las Vegas produced a record wagering total and small revenue figure, despite predictions that sportsbooks nationwide would take a financial loss on the game.

Did Taylor Swift fly into Vegas for Super Bowl? ›

Taylor Swift swoops into Vegas for the Super Bowl — and a victory kiss with Travis Kelce. With the help of Tokyo's 17-hour time difference ahead of Las Vegas, Swift had a window of more than 35 hours to cover the 5,500-mile journey.

How many private jet does Taylor Swift have? ›

As of Feb. 7, 2024, Taylor Swift only owns one private jet.

What is the average cost to park at the Super Bowl? ›

A spot in the Civic Center parking garage costs $135, while the asking price for a spot in a small parking lot about a mile from the stadium is $4,850. Most parking passes are listed for $300 to $400 and include spots in the lots of businesses such as Hollywood Park Casino and Midas.

How much does it cost to fly jets over a football stadium? ›

According to fiscal 2017 data, a B-52 flight costs roughly $48,000 per flight hour, a B-1B is about $94,000, and a B-2 comes to approximately $122,000 per hour. With close to 18 hours of flight time including the practice run and the mission, the flyover likely cost close to $4 million.

How many private jets left Vegas after Super Bowl? ›

"525 private jets departed Las Vegas after the Super Bowl ended. Several had paper straws onboard," the Las Vegas Locally account captioned the post.

How much is parking at Super Bowl 2024? ›

Super Bowl Experience presented by Toyota Parking Options
Date/TimeExcaliburMandalay Bay
Wednesday, February 7, 2024 (2PM – 9PM)$18$40
Thursday, February 8, 2024 (2PM – 9PM)$18$30
Friday, February 9, 2024 (2PM – 9PM)$23$60
Saturday, February 10, 2024 (9AM – 9PM)$23$70

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