Last updated 21 April 2022
With the Saudi national football team having successfully secured their spot in the World Cup finals this year, Saudi football fans are in for an exhilarating winter. The Green Falcons will be duking it out with Argentina, Poland, and Mexico in the group stages later this year held in neighboring Qatar.
For the Saudi fans, due to their close proximity to Qatar, some will opt to base their World Cup experience in Saudi Arabia. This in turn may prompt fans to attend World Cup matches via chartered plane packages from Saudi Arabia, especially amid the rising cost of airfares.
Why consider chartered flights?
With high demands for Doha bound flights, prices have inevitably spiked. It’s been reported that airfares to Doha from Riyadh for the month of November have soared to more than SAR 8,000 (USD 2,133) and are expected to continue to climb.
If you’re not planning on staying in Qatar for the World Cup and are not particularly keen on spending that much money on a 90-minute flight, chartered flights will offer a significantly more affordable option.
Chartering a flight to Qatar for the World Cup means you and your companions will have the choice of bypassing crowded airport terminals and fly at a time that suits you without the restrictions of a scheduled flight. You can also fly for a match and back on the same day without the need for booking accommodation.
Of course, tour operators have naturally picked up on this and are currently offering to ferry international football fans to Doha by way of fan packages which include chartered flights as well as accommodation.
How much is a charter flight to Doha from Saudi Arabia?
If you’re planning on booking private flights to Doha on your own and not through a tour operator, the cost for a charter flight will depend on things like the city of departure, the number of passengers, catering preferences, and other details.
Generally speaking, however, the cost of private charter flights is determined per billable flight hour. For example, the flying distance from Riyadh to Doha is approximately 491 kilometers and typically takes about an hour depending on the aircraft.
Therefore the cost of a chartered flight will always depend on the destination, the number of passengers, and the type of aircraft. Most Saudi companies offering chartered plane services typically require you to contact them for a cost-efficient quote.
That said, however, the ballpark hourly rate may start from USD 1,000 per hour not inclusive of fuel, taxes, and other fees. The prices also vary according to the type of aircraft ranging from small turboprops to luxury business jets.
How to book a chartered plane package from Saudi Arabia?
If you’re looking to book a World Cup fan package, all you need to do is contact your Saudi tour operator and they’ll take care of the rest. They will provide you with the updated packages, rates, and answer any questions you may have concerning your trip.
Conversely, if you’re looking to arrange your chartered flight on your own, the first thing you need to do is to determine your destination, the date and time of your trip, and the number of passengers.
You may then contact your preferred charter plane company and request a quote by submitting an inquiry on the company’s web portal. Representatives from the company will then reach out to you to confirm all the details.
When should I book my chartered flight?
With the World Cup set to kick off in less than eight months, now is perhaps the best time for you to learn how to best plan for your Qatar escapade via chartered flights.
With the demand for flights surrounding the World Cup will undoubtedly be high, you need to take into account peak travel days in planning and booking your chartered flight. However, as a general rule, you should always attempt to book your flights as early as possible to help ensure the availability of aircraft.