Super Bowl LVIII had Las Vegas airports busier than ever with unprecedented number of private jets

  • Super Bowl LVIII saw a never-before-seen high of private jets flock at Las Vegas airports
  • There were 1,000 headed to the city
  • That meant parking spaces were like gold dust

Published on Feb 12, 2024 at 5:11 PM (UTC+4)
by Amelia Jean Hershman-Jones

Last updated on Feb 13, 2024 at 1:30 PM (UTC+4)
Edited by Alessandro Renesis

Super Bowl LVIII saw a never-before-seen high of private jets flock to Las Vegas airports.

And the numbers will make your head spin.

3,500 extra flights led to a high of 400,000 passengers as the Kansas City Chiefs take on the San Francisco 49ers.

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That required 50 percent more airport staff than usual, per @frontofficesports.

But the real shocker to wrap your head around is the 1,000 private jets that touched down in Sin City for Super Bowl weekend.

According to Business Insider, parking space for private jets is limited to only about 500 spots across four Vegas-area airports.

That meant wealthy owners attending the Super Bowl were required to splash the cash to secure themselves – and their private jets – a spot.

Half are likely to arrive by air, Clark County Department of Aviation spokesperson, Heidi Hayes, told the publication.

The Federal Aviation Administration claimed to have added around 3,500 additional takeoff and landing slots for the sports-filled weekend.

It said that it was working alongside law enforcement, the aviation community, and the National Football League to help logistics run smoothly.

The rush for Super Bowl involved Vegas’ main Harry Reid International Airport, as well as Henderson Executive Airport, North Las Vegas Airport, and Boulder City Airport.

The latter three tend to handle charters and general aviation flights, rather than scheduled airlines.

Hayes told the publication there are about 1,100 slots across the two and charge an event landing fee ranging between $750 and $3,000.

The cost depends on the size of the private jets.

All eyes were on Taylor Swift – not only for her romance with Chiefs star, Travis Kelce, and the highest-grossing tour of all time, but also because of her publicized private jet activity.

While her private jet is fit for royalty, reports emerged last week that she had sold her Dassault Falcon 900LX, dubbed ‘Number 13’, that she purchased back in 2011.

According to the Federal Aviation Authority’s website, she parted ways with the private jet for $40 million at the end of last month.

She handed over the reins to Missouri-based car insurance company, Car Shield.

This came shortly after a storm of drama surrounding private jet tracking, with a student seemingly at the controls.

Taylor Swift, in all her ‘luck’, found herself embroiled in hot water after a keen-eyed student from the University Florida decided to play air traffic controller.

Student, Jack Sweeney, revealed every minute detail about her travels.

From leisurely cross-country flights to a mere 13-minute jaunt that was labelled “disgusting” after going viral on social media.

As such, the Cruel Summer singer’s legal team issued a cease-and-desist letter to the 21 year old.

“Nowhere do I intend for harm,” the University of Central Florida student said in a statement to the BBC.

It’s reported that she flew to Las Vegas to see her boyfriend, Kelce, play in the NFL Super Bowl this weekend, the day after she performed in Tokyo.


Amelia Jean Hershman-Jones

London-based Amelia cut her journalistic teeth covering all things lifestyle, wellness and luxury in the UK capital. Fast-forward a decade and the experienced content creator and editor has put pen to paper for glossy magazines, busy newsrooms and coveted brands. When her OOO is on you can find her spending quality time with her young family, in the gym or exploring the city she loves.