Airport Hours and Location
Palm Beach International Airport is open 24 hours every day. The airport is located 5 miles (8 kilometers) southwest of Palm Beach and 17 miles south of Jupiter (27 kilometers) at 1000 James L. Turnage Boulevard, West Palm Beach, Florida 33415.
Private jets available for charter to and from Palm Beach International Airport include the Pilatus PC12-NG and the King Air E90 turboprops, the Beechjet 400A and Citation Bravo light jets, the Falcon 50EX midsize jet and the Gulfstream GIV large jet.
Palm Beach International Airport has three asphalt runways in an “IX” configuration. Its longest runway is 10,000 feet (3,048 meters) long and 150 feet (46 meters) wide. Its elevation is 20 feet (6 meters).
Palm Beach International Airport offers a wide range of top-notch airport amenities such as VIP vehicle-to-plane ramp access and luxurious ground transportation services. It also has excellent conference rooms and comfortable snooze rooms.
Private Jet Charter to and from Palm Beach International Airport
Paramount Business Jets offers private jet charter flights and luxury airliner charters to and from Palm Beach International Airport.
Palm Beach International Airport is actually located about three miles west of Palm Beach at the northern end of Florida’s Gold Coast in West Palm Beach.
Palm Beach International Airport Aerial View Picture Source
More than six million passengers fly into and out of Palm Beach International Airport every year on private jets and commercial flights. If you charter a private jet to PBI, there are three fixed-base operators to serve you. The airport offers customs and immigration services and has a 24-hour air traffic control tower.
Palm Beach, synonymous with luxury, is known for its beautiful beaches and draws tourists from all over the world.
The IATA airport code for Palm Beach International Airport is PBI; its ICAO code is KPBI.
The airport, which is close to several major highways, offers easy access to much of South Florida.
Palm Beach International History
Palm Beach International Airport started off as Morrison Field in 1936.
It was named for Grace K. Morrison, a secretary to a Palm Beach architect and weekend flier. Morrison championed the planning and development of the air strip. Unfortunately, she was not there to see the dedication. She died in a car accident shortly before the airfield opened.
In 1937, the Palm Beach Aero Corporation got a lease for the property and built a terminal and hangars. That private operation only lasted three years.
In 1940, the airfield was turned over to the U.S. Army Air Force to be used during World War II. It was activated for military use and to train pilots by the U.S. Army Air Corps in 1941. It was deactivated in 1947 and renamed Palm Beach International Airport in 1948. It was reactivated again by the Air Force in 1951 during the Korean War but civil aviation continued on part of the airport.
The city of West Palm Beach was developed – as was much of the east coast of Florida – by industrialist Henry Flagler. He called the Palm Beach area “a veritable paradise” when he first landed there in 1893. He turned Palm Beach into a resort town and developed West Palm Beach on the other side of the intracoastal waterway for the workers.
The FBOs at PBI
The three full-service, 24-hour, fixed-base operators at Palm Beach International Airport offer 24-hour service for private jets. They are:
Atlantic Aviation FBO at Palm Beach International Airport
The amenities at Atlantic Aviation include:
- Hangar space
- Pilot’s lounge
- Crew cars
- Go Rentals access
- Conference room
Jet Aviation Palm Beach
Jet Aviation FBO at Palm Beach International Airport
For almost three decades, Jet Aviation Palm Beach has been serving domestic and international flights and services that include cleaning, refueling and hangaring of private jets. Its executive terminal offers:
- Executive lounge
- Executive conference room and business center
- Crew lounge and snooze room
- 24 hour security, fully TSA compliant
- Guarded entry to airport and ramp
- Five hangars with 160,176 square feet of space
- Video surveillance on hangars and ramp
- Crew showers
Signature Flight Support
Signature Flight Support FBO at Palm Beach International Airport
Among the services offered by Signature Flight Support at PBI are:
- 24-hour surveillance
- Business center
- Conference rooms
- Courtesy crew transportation
- Covered vehicle parking
- Locked storage room
- Passenger lounge
- Ramp side vehicle access
- Snooze room
Events worthy of renting a private jet
There is much to see and do around the Palm Beaches but some annual events seem to be custom-made for the discerning, elite traveler. Here are a few:
Art Palm Beach
Modern & Contemporary Art Fair
Art Palm Beach is South Florida’s largest and longest running mid-winter fair dedicated to contemporary, emerging, and modern 20th and 21st century works of art. The internationally known art fair will be celebrating its 22nd edition in 2019. It is held in January in the Palm Beach County Convention Center.
The International Polo Club Palm Beach, located in Wellington, 18 miles southwest of Palm Beach International Airport, is the premier polo destination in the world, hosting the largest field of high-goal teams and the most prestigious polo tournaments in the United States. Polo enthusiasts gallop to the polo club from December and April to watch the action. Polo matches are open to the public, with a wide range of hospitality and guest seating that includes elegant grandstand viewing, field tailgating, stadium seating, fieldside champagne brunches at The Pavilion and exclusive luxury boxes.
Palm Beach Jewelry, Art & Antique Show
Fine art, jewelry and rare antiques from all over the world are on display at this show that claims to be the largest of its kind in the United States. More than 40,000 attended the 15th annual event in 2018 to see the displays and attend a series of lectures by experts in various fields. The weeklong event is held in February at the Palm Beach County Convention Center.
The Honda Classic
The PGA National Golf Club in Palm Beach Gardens has hosted the Honda Classic in late February/early March since 2007.
In 2018, 200,000 fans watched Justin Thomas beat Luke List in a playoff for the winner’s share of the $6.6 million purse.
The PGA National has five courses with the Honda Classic being played on the Champion course, which was redesigned in 2014 and is now famous for a treacherous three-hole stretch designed by Jack Nicklaus, the only player to win the 46-year-old-tournament in back-to-back years. His nickname, the Golden Bear, lent its name to the challenging three-hole stretch called “The Bear Trap.”
The Palm Beach International Boat Show
The Palm Beach International Boat Show, held over four days in March along Flagler Drive in West Palm Beach, is one of the top five boat shows in the country. It attracts high-level buyers, charter clients and fishing enthusiasts from around the world with its more than $1 billion worth of boats, yachts and accessories. The Palm Beach International Boat Show is the fourth – and last – in the South Florida boat show season. After the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show opens the season in the fall, the Miami Yacht and the Miami International Boat shows are held in February. The Palm Beach Show – 2018 was its 33rd – is the piece de resistance.
Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach Auto Auction
Considered the most elite auto auction in Florida, Barrett-Jackson brings hundreds of cars worth millions of dollars to the South Florida Fairgrounds every April. More than 50,000 people attended the 2018 auction, one of four put on around the country by Barrett-Jackson. They are regarded by most auto enthusiasts as the world’s greatest car auctions. You may have seen them televised on the Discovery Channel but if you rent a private jet into PBI, you can see one of them in person – and maybe pick up the car of your dreams.
Popular Palm Beach Charter Flights
Florida’s leading industry is tourism, and it has been for some time. In 2017, the Sunshine State brought in no fewer than 88 million tourists. This can mean that commercial airlines are often very busy. And in turn, this makes private jet charter to the region very appealing.
Palm Beach International Airport (PBI) is one of two airports in Florida which makes our list of the top 10 most popular airports for private charter. Aside from Palm Beach itself, which is of course in very close proximity to the airport, Florida is also known for its excellent weather. Hidden springs, underwater caves, Disney World, the Miami Heat, local breweries, and Fort Lauderdale are just a few of Florida’s attractions. Not to mention 70% of the US’s oranges.
When planning your private jet trip to or from Palm Beach International, you may find it useful to view some common information on flights there. If you look below, you’ll see a helpful graphic with key information including the prices of common flights and the distance to a selection of other airports.
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FBOs at Palm Beach International Airport, KPBI, PBI
METAR Weather Data
- Weather Partly cloudy
- Observed 10:11 PM
- Temperature 31 °C, 87 °F
- Preticipation 0.1 mm
- Humidity 63%
- Pressure 1011 mb
- Cloud Cover 50%
- Visibility 16%
- Wind Speed: 13mph, 20km/h
- Wind Direction: 90°, E
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Frequently Asked Questions
Do I have to stop for customs when I fly on a private jet?Passengers on all international private charter flights will have to stop at customs. In certain countries, you may have to go through customs at a specific port of entry; for example, you must stop in Tahiti to perform customs checks en route to Bora Bora. You’ll also need to stop at the first port of entry when entering the U.S. from Mexico.
How much rest does the crew need before they can depart again?Crew members are required to have a 10-hour rest period within each 24-hour cycle. The maximum duty day is 14 hours and must be followed by a 10-hour rest period at their hotel. When scheduling a flight, operators usually account for 12 hours of rest instead of 10. These extra two hours allow the crew time to get to their hotel, rest for the required time, and return to the airport.
How long does a fuel stop for a private jet flight take?The average fuel stop takes 45–60 minutes. To speed up fuel stops, the operator, or pilots may call ahead, so a fuel truck is waiting for the aircraft on arrival. For smaller jets, a fuel stop can take as little as 30 minutes.
Will my private jet charter use the same airport as a commercial airline?No. When you charter a private jet, you generally fly into a private airport. However, you could access the same airports as a commercial airline if you request to do so or if there are no private airport options. However, using a large mainstream airport like Los Angeles International or London Heathrow is often a bad choice for private jets, as flying to a smaller regional private airport is much faster and often makes for a more luxurious experience.
Is the age of an aircraft a safety factor?Aircraft age is not a safety factor. However, if the aircraft is older and hasn’t been refurbished properly, it may cause flyers some inconvenience, such as overheating, faulty air conditioning, or faulty plumbing in the lavatory.
How much luggage am I allowed to bring on a private jet?As a rule of thumb, each seat on a light or midsize jet equates to one passenger and one item of luggage. Each item of luggage is considered to be the standard 23 kilograms, or about 50 lbs. Large jets are designed for long-range trips, which typically involve longer stays, so you can carry more than one item of luggage per person.
Are there aircraft that are wheelchair accessible?There are many aircraft that are wheelchair accessible. Most of them are large jets or above and have a straight aisle. If the jet has a zigzag aisle – like the Falcon 900 – it will be difficult to maneuver the wheelchair onboard the aircraft. You’ll also need the right type of wheelchair; many motorized wheelchairs won’t fit and can’t be collapsed. If this is the case, you’ll need a smaller, temporary wheelchair. Some aircraft operators have smaller wheelchairs that can be used. Please speak with your Paramount private jet expert to review your aircraft options.
Can I fly with large sums of cash?Yes, you can. This is a common occurrence for many private jet clients. You can fly with up to $5 million in cash as long as you declare that cash when coming through customs. For domestic trips, there’s no limit and no need to declare it.
Which private jets come with flight attendants?In the United States, large jets and above are required to have flight attendants onboard; in Europe, flight attendants are used on midsize jets and above. Flight attendants require their own seats. Larger jets and above have a jump seat near the cockpit for the flight attendant to use, meaning the attendant generally stays out of the cabin.
Which airports offer ramp access, allowing the client to drive their car right up to their private jet?Private jet clients can often have a limo drive them right up to the private jet, or even drive their own car to the plane. That said, different airports have different policies, and some may not offer ramp access. Please speak with your Paramount Aviation Advisor to review your options for a given trip.
Do private jets come with Wi-Fi?Many private jets do have Wi-Fi, and it’s increasingly available free of charge on U.S. domestic flights. On international flights, prices range from $3.00-$8.50 USD per megabyte used. This means that opening up social media sites that are rich in images and videos could quickly cost you $20 – and downloading a feature-length movie could cost thousands!
When is on-demand private jet charter better than buying a block of hours?Private jet charter can be a lot cheaper than buying a block of hours for a one-way flight, as you can access floating fleets or an empty leg to reduce the cost. With a block of hours, the price covers a round trip. If you only fly one-way, you are effectively paying double.
What is a carbon-neutral flight?Every aircraft burns jet fuel and emits a certain amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) into the atmosphere. This can be offset via one of several carbon offset programs that allow private jet clients to purchase a certain number of carbon credits to offset the emissions from their flights. A carbon-neutral flight is one that offsets the carbon emissions it uses via a formal process.
Can I have a flexible departure time for my private jet flight?Yes, it is possible to have a flexible departure when flying privately. Operators typically offer a 30-minute to two-hour window, but you can request a longer window as long as it doesn’t interfere with the maximum crew duty day or their next scheduled flight. Please confirm with your Paramount Aviation Advisor at the time of booking your jet.
When should I hire a Boeing Business Jet?Boeing Business Jets (BBJs) have unique amenities that extend far beyond sheer size and are often equipped with 1-2 bedrooms and 2-3 bathrooms (one more of those bathrooms may even offer stand-up showers.) These airliner-based executive aircraft also feature tall or ‘stand-up’ cabins that are also longer and wider than more typical corporate aircraft.
How soon can I have a private jet ready from the time I call in the request?Generally speaking, with as little as 4 hours of notice. However, we have had wheels up in as little as 32 minutes from the time our client called us to book the flight and had them in the air. It depends on a few factors, such as how long it takes for the pilots to arrive at the airport (generally, there is a 2-hour call-out time for the pilots), and whether the aircraft is ready to go at the airport with no repositioning needed. Our Jet Card members enjoy faster booking since they have funds on account and can confirm a flight with a simple email.
Can I access my luggage while in flight?On most private jets, you will be able to access your luggage during the flight. That’s because luggage and passengers are situated on the same level. This is in contrast to commercial airlines, where checked luggage is stored in a cargo hold. On large private jets, luggage is often stored in a compartment behind the lavatory, which means easy access to your bags.
When are private jet charter landing and takeoff slots applicable?A landing or takeoff slot is simply a small window of time in which your aircraft is scheduled to fly in or out of the airport. You will need a landing and takeoff slot if you fly to a high-density airport in the United States or one that is hosting a special event with a significant number of aircraft arriving and departing. If you’re flying internationally, you will need a landing and takeoff slot for all major European cities. Please check with your Paramount Aviation Advisor at the time of booking for a specific route.
What kind of in-flight catering is available on a private jet?Other than the standard snacks and drinks, you can order local cuisine options for your catering on board. In short, anything that doesn’t need to be cooked can be ordered; hot food must be precooked and then warmed on board.
Can I bring pets with me on private jet flights?Of course! Just let us know in advance. The majority of the operators and aircraft owners allow pets onboard. In some cases, a small cleaning fee may apply. That said, there are specific requirements that must be met when traveling with your pet, including making sure that all documentation and vaccination records for your pet(s) are correct and up-to-date. Dogs and cats must also be at least eight weeks old and weaned when traveling within the U.S.