Air charter service is offered to the public by air charter operators maintaining a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Part 135 certificate. It is common for individuals and company executives to book air charter service through a travel agent or an air charter brokerage, rather than working directly with an air charter operator.
Air charter service allows business executives and leisure passengers the luxury of avoiding the commercial airport terminal. At the vast majority of airports, passengers may drive directly to the aircraft they chartered identifying it by tail number. Ground crew, pilots and flight attendants are available to assist with luggage and help you transition into the private charter plane.
Private terminals called fixed-base operators, more commonly referred to as FBOs, offer services and amenities ranging from comfortable sitting areas, lounges, restrooms, catering services, restaurants and more. The services and amenities at any given FBO range from simple to lavish.