Is Flying Private Safer than Flying Commercial

Is Flying Private Safer than Flying Commercial?

By Ricky Gomulka

Updated February 1, 2023

Fact Checked By Kevin Bales

When it comes to the safety of flying, it isn’t a question of if flying is safe but whether flying private is safer than flying commercial.

Air travel isn’t just the fastest way to travel, it’s also the safest. Plane crashes may make the news, but this is because they’re so rare that the slightest problem becomes newsworthy. By comparison, car accidents are so common they’re rarely reported.

  New to JetLevel Aviation? Signup for our daily newsletter.

Here are the reasons why you should consider flying private than flying commercial:


You Can Avoid Contact with Others

Although concerns regarding COVID-19 may be waning, that doesn’t mean that health isn’t still an important part of safety. Even if it’s just to avoid the risk of catching a cold or the flu, it’s safer to avoid crowds. Flying private ensures that you come into contact with many fewer people. Instead of the hundreds of people you might be in close proximity to in the commercial part of the airport, you may only need to be near members of your own party and those employed in your transportation, such as the crew of the aircraft and a driver. There are also far fewer people on board to contribute germs to the air you’re breathing.

Private flying significantly reduces health risks by limiting passenger interaction, offering cleaner environments, and providing more control over air quality, making it a healthier choice over commercial airlines.

Private Jets Have More Flexibility with Landing

A private jet can land at nearly any airport. This means that if there’s a problem, whether it’s a health issue or a fault with the aircraft, a private jet can make an emergency landing at the actual closest airport instead of the closest commercial airport. Pilots of private jets have more flexibility to land wherever they need to instead of being limited based on the size of the airport and its ability to accommodate larger planes.


Private Jets Can Avoid Bad Weather

Another advantage of flying private when it comes to safety is that private jet pilots also have more flexibility about where they can fly. If there’s bad weather, a commercial jet may be required by air traffic control to stay where they are and fly through it regardless of the turbulence or risk. Commercial jets have a much stricter flight plan that they have to follow. A private jet will have more flexibility to fly around or over bad weather conditions.

Private jets have the flexibility to alter routes more efficiently in response to adverse weather, ensuring a safer and more comfortable experience compared to commercial flights.

You Can Choose Your Aircraft When Flying Private

If you don’t feel safe in smaller aircraft, for example, then you don’t have to fly in them. With a commercial flight, you don’t have a choice. Either you fly on the aircraft the airline has scheduled for that flight, or you don’t fly. With a private jet charter, on the other hand, you have your choice of aircraft and request a certain jet depending on any factor you want, from comfort and speed to size and safety record.

Flying private offers enhanced safety over commercial flights due to stringent maintenance, experienced pilots, and the ability to avoid crowded airports, reducing exposure to potential illnesses.  


While flying is the safest method of transportation whether you fly private or commercial, a private jet charter has several safety advantages over commercial flights. To start, you can avoid the health risks of coming into contact with crowds of hundreds of people. Your pilot also has more flexibility to respond to unexpected weather conditions or other situations that might arise in flight.

JetLevel Aviation has a strict safety policy in place to ensure that its clients are flying on the safest and most reliable aircraft. Their experienced agents are available 24/7 to help you book your flight, and they can have you airborne in as little as 2-4 hours from almost any location in the world. JetLevel Aviation LLC has recently been accredited by the BBB, which reaffirms its commitment to providing quality service and safe flights.

  See also: How to Choose the Safest Private Jet Charter for Your Needs Book Your Desired Private Jet Charter