Which airports offer ramp access, allowing the client to drive their car right up to their private jet?
Private Jet clients can often drive their car or have a limo drive them right up to the private jet. There are different types of airports. Some offer ramp access, and some do not. Most regional airports allow for ramp access.
Teterboro and JFK are both popular options to fly to New York. However, both do not offer ramp access. JFK has high security, it’s well protected, and for that reason, you must go through the FBO. Teterboro Airport is also considered a high-density airport. High-density airports do not allow ramp access.
When there is high volume, high security is a priority, forcing passengers to pass through an FBO. In smaller regional airports which generally have less traffic and less stringent security requirements, you can drive up to the gate, often alongside an FBO. You push a button to open the gate and an FBO employee on a golf cart will escort your car to your plane. In most cases, every regional airport will offer ramp access.
In some instances, you may need a police escort. For example, in Las Vegas, they call the Metropolitan Police Department (Metro), who will escort you to your aircraft for a fee of $50.
When you get out of the car, can you take your bags out and give them to the pilot? How does that work?
It’s even simpler than that. By the time you step out of the car, walk over to the plane and shake the pilot’s hands, the limo driver will open the trunk, and the line crew will grab your bags and load them onto the plane. You never touch your bags. You simply walk into the plane.
Is it more convenient to arrive in a limo opposed to driving your car when using ramp access, as the limo driver can drive away after dropping you?
It is not inconvenient to drive yourself. If you bring your car when you use ramp access, you can hand the keys to the line crew of the FBO. They will take your car, park it, and hold onto your keys until you return. You can also ask to have the car washed while you’re away.