Can Taylor Swift park a private jet to attend the Vegas Super Bowl?
Taylor Swift needs to fly from Tokyo to Las Vegas this weekend.
She’ll likely use a private jet to get from the Japanese capital — where she will perform Saturday night — to Sin City, where her boyfriend Travis Kelce and the Kansas City Chiefs play the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl LVIII on Sunday afternoon.
The pop star certainly wouldn’t be the only person using this means of transportation to get to an event that attracts people of great importance, fame and fortune.
Where will all these planes stop?
Hopefully, Swift or whoever is making such arrangements for her will think about this in advance because Vegas is fully booked this weekend when it comes to private jet parking spaces.
(Swift’s representative did not immediately respond to The Times regarding the singer’s travel plans.)
The Federal Aviation Administration said in a statement that it expects 3,500 more takeoffs and landings than usual at local airports — including Harry Reid International, Henderson Executive, North Las Vegas and Boulder City — this weekend, with about 500 planes parked at those. Locations.
The math there seems to point to a supply and demand problem.
“This is the first Super Bowl in Las Vegas,” Joe Rajshell, spokesman for the Clark County Aviation Department, told the Times on Thursday. “You would expect it to be in high demand and it was a high demand weekend. People want to be here – whether they’re going to the game or not, I think people just want to be in the city and be around the action.”
The FAA has a specific reservation system for parking and airspace at those airports from February 6-13 to help regulate the expected high volume of air traffic.
Aircraft reservations for parking at airports are processed by fixed base operators. Clark County serves as the fixed base operator for Henderson and North Las Vegas airports, and Rajshell said slots at those locations will be full throughout the weekend.
Two private companies – Signature Aviation and Atlantic Aviation – handle these operations for Harry Reid International. A statement on Signature’s website says that parking at that airport “has reached capacity for the duration of the Super Bowl event” and that there is “an extensive waiting list for any cancellations.”
An Atlantic representative told The Times on Thursday that its slots had been full “probably for a few weeks now,” adding that the size of the planes was a factor.
“If they were much smaller planes, we could accommodate more, but for this event we have much larger planes, so we can accommodate fewer on that side,” the representative said.
The two fixed-route operators serving Boulder City Airport — Boulder City Aviation Services and BFE Flight Services — have long reached their limits. Randy Saenz, director of BFE, said his company can already accommodate more planes.
“People are begging and asking me to give them a chance,” he told The Times on Friday.
But he said: “I can’t. It’s not in my power. The city of Boulder was given a small number of slots.
Saenz said he expects the FAA will “tweak” its regulations the next time the Super Bowl is held in the region.
“I don’t think they really understand how much traffic goes through this airport when there’s a special event in Vegas,” he said.
Saenz added that he still has room for some small planes or helicopters that don’t fall under the FAA restrictions, but most people looking to park there this weekend don’t have planes that fall into that category.
His advice to these people?
“He called a year ago,” Saenz said.