With so much happening during the 2012 Olympics in London, it’s hard to know where to begin, so we’ve broken it down for you. Find out what you need to know about flying to the games and what to expect right here at JetCharters.com
Getting to London
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If you plan on going to the games, then now is the time to start thinking about all of your travel needs.
The trip to London takes approximately seven hours when departing from New York City’s Teterboro Executive Airport in a heavy jet.
Heavy jets that can get the job done in seven hours include the Gulfstream G550 and the Falcon 900 (among others). View heavy jets on our aircraft by type page or simply run a trip request on jetcharters.com view available aircraft from your location.
Because of the distance, long-range aircraft are necessary to make the transatlantic trip, but consumers have the option of choosing which kind of jet they want to take. With seven hours being the average flight time for virtually any airport off the east coast, that leave passengers with plenty of time on their hands and consumers should consider the amenities they would like onboard.
While all jets are equipped with basic dry snacks, soft drinks and bottled water, having the trip to London catered will also be something you’ll be glad you did when hunger strikes somewhere over Newfoundland.
Like flying domestically, flying into London provides passengers with many options. Most private jets land at Heathrow (EGLL), Standsted (EGSS) or Luton (EGGW). From there, passengers can take a private car or public transportation to their hotels. Staff at the FBOs in London will also assist anyone looking for a little bit of an insider’s guide to the area.
Getting Tickets for the Games
Tickets to the games need to be purchased through the local National Olympic Committee or its appointed Authorized Ticket Reseller. Residents of the USA can get tickets by creating a free account at www.cosport.com
, which offers a wealth of information about the Games and London itself. Individual tickets and package deals are available.
Getting to the Games
Once in London, you’ll definitely be anxious to take in the sights and the games.
The games take place from July 27 to August 12 at a variety of different venues, some of which will be held in historic locations like London’s Hyde Park, Horse Guards Parade, Regent’s Park, Lord’s, Wembley, Earls Court, Wimbledon and Greenwich Park. That said, the majority of the games will take place Greater London in areas dubbed the Olympic Zone, River Zone and Central Zone.
Sailing events will take place at the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy on the Isle of Portland.
The Official London 2012 Games website offers a “spectator journey planner” that will help anyone get to an event from anywhere in Great Britain using public transport, cycling or walking. Once in the city, this guide will be beneficial to anyone unfamiliar with London.
If you plan on using public transportation while in the city – which is a convenient and fast way to get around – then think about getting an Oyster Card. The Oyster Card is a pre-paid travel card that can be used on all forms of public transportation in London so that the hassle of continuously buying paper tickets is erased. Order an Oyster Card here http://visitorshop.tfl.gov.uk/oystercard/product/oyster-card.html
The Opening Ceremony and Games
Even people who aren’t typically sports fans appreciate the Olympics. There’s nothing quite like watching the best of the best compete against one another. Plus, the Olympics provide those in attendance and everyone else watching a home with a chance to witness history in the making.
The Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics will feature an artistic performance by artistic director Danny Boyle and his team. In addition, there will be a parade of athletes, speeches, the declaration of the opening of the Games, oaths, and then the entrance of the Olympic Flame into the stadium.
This year, the following games will be a part of the Olympics: archery, athletics, badminton, basketball, beach volleyball, boxing, canoe slalom, canoe sprint, cycling (BMX, Mountain Bike, Road and Track), diving, equestrian, fencing, football, artistic gymnastics, rhythmic gymnastics, handball, hockey, judo, modern pentathlon, rowing, sailing, shooting, swimming, synchronized swimming, table tennis, taekwondo, tennis, trampoline, triathlon, volleyball, water polo, weightlifting and wrestling.