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Top 3 Air Partner picks for Automotive event destinations

Air Partner - 04 Oct 2017

If you are planning events for the Automotive industry, whatever destination you choose, it is highly likely that Air Partner’s specialists have already been there to organize a flight programme.

This means, even at an early stage of your project, we can arrange for you to have a valuable look behind the scenes and see if the location is suitable from a logistical point of view.

For example, you can find out how flexible airports can be and if the infrastructure fits your event’s needs. Maybe you also need to know what hotels are suitable for bigger groups or how closely you can be located to the event. Perhaps you are even unsure where to host the event itself!

Our clients benefit from our extensive experience (over 15 years) organising flight programmes for the automotive industry – from small events to car launches with over 20,000 guests.

To help you get started, we have picked our top three destinations for your next event:

1. Palma De Mallorca, Spain (PMI)

Ideal for events like:

Car launches, incentive events

Best season to travel:

End of October to end of April

Airport information:

  • Well organised airport with all necessary facilities like lounges, bus lanes for big groups arriving and departing, experienced handling agents and catering companies

  • The airport management and respective handling agents are able to arrange off-airport-check-ins (OAC) at the hotel and other special arrangements for big events for 10,000+ passengers

  • Airport is located close to the city centre (15 min) and can be reached easily by car and bus. Extensive bus parking facilities in front of the departure area

  • PMI is very well connected by scheduled services to nearly all airports in Europe

Hotel recommendation: Melia Palas Atenea or Melia Palma Bay (both are suitable for bigger groups)

Event space recommendation: Palau de Congressos Palma de Mallorca. Benefits include a big auditorium, direct access to Melia Palma Bay Hotel, direct beach access and beautiful driving routes all over the island.

Air Partner experience:

  • Air Partner has arranged flights for big car launches for more than 15,000 passengers, flying to and from the destination with up to five aircraft per day, transporting around 500 - 600 passengers

  • Passenger exchanges for cruise companies on charter and scheduled flights

  • Transporting 150 passengers per day for 1-2 week incentive events


2. Kalamata, Greece (KLX)

Ideal for events like:

Car launches, incentive events, driving experiences

Best season to travel:

End of October to end of March

Airport information:

  • Smaller and quieter airport but very suitable for event flights

  • Experienced at organising a wide range of events, including off-season and big events (Nb. off-season is the end of October until the end of March)

  • Easy and direct access from aircraft to buses and back

  • Experienced in off-airport-check-ins (OAC)

Hotel recommendation: Westin Resort Costa Navarino (suitable for all group sizes)

Event space recommendation: Several locations in the Westin Resort are available that can host up to 200/800/1600 guests. The hotel is situated in a sparsely populated region with beautiful driving routes for test drives.

Air Partner experience:

  • Big car launches for more than 25,000 passengers, flying to and from the destination with up to five aircraft per day transporting around 600-800 passengers

  • Smaller events like incentives for 150 pax per day for 1-2 weeks

Other benefits:

Due to the very low traffic period in winter the airport is mainly available for logistical events  as only a few scheduled flights are operated.


3. Lisbon, Portugal (LIS)

Ideal for events like:

Car launches, incentive events, congresses, driving experiences

Best season to travel:

Throughout the year

Airport information:

  • International hub airport very close to the city centre (15 mins)

  • Well connected to all major cities worldwide by scheduled flights

  • Ideal for international events and congresses with participants coming from all over the world

Hotel recommendation: Penha Longa Resort (located directly at the Cicuito de Estoril, up to 194 rooms & suites)

Event space recommendation: Circuito do Estoril (approx. 30 km from centre, natural preserve)

Air Partner experience:  

  • Car launches flying groups up to 20.000 people over several weeks

  • Press events flying groups of 10 – 150 journalists on mostly VIP aircrafts with dedicated services

  • MICE flights flying groups of 100 – 1500 people over several days, both VIP or Economy

Other benefits:

Spectacular views due to city topography. If you are looking for an “unforgettable” location Lisbon is the right place.

If you would you like to opt for one of the destinations above or somewhere else off the beaten track feel free to ask our Commercial Jet & Travel team for suggestions. With Air Partner you can take your groups to fascinating destinations that they have never been able to visit before. Just call one of our Commercial Jet & Travel team +44 1293 848 566 or send us an email:

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