Charter / Personal Flights to Hotham Airport
Charter your own plane to the slopes.
Hotham Airport gives you the chance to fly in and out from the resort, saving you heaps of time and hassle, when you charter your own plane (complete with a professional and experienced pilot) directly into the resort on your own time.
Imagine the thrill of gliding into Hotham with all of your friends on board. Why drive when you can arrive at the resort in no time at all? Divided up between your friends, the cost is also extremely affordable. You will be arriving when you want, because it's your OWN plane!
For more information contact Hotham Holidays on 1800 HOTHAM for further information on getting your own group up to the mountain.
Alternatively, call the individual charter companies, the details for which are listed below.
Lilydale Flying Services from Lilydale, Melbourne
Lilydale Flying Services offer affordable charters between Melbourne and Hotham Airport. Twin engine, all-weather planes and the most experienced pilots take the Hotham flights. Flight time to Hotham is just under 45 minutes. Return day flights are a speciality and start at just $330 per person for groups of four. One-way drop offs and pick ups for weekend or week long stays on the mountain are also a speciality. Lilydale Flying Services has a 100% charter safety record since it opened in 1968 and now operates 25 aircrafts. Book just 24 hours in advance - fly when it dumps!
Free parking is provided and mountain taxi transfers are coordinated. Group charters for four to 20 people. Go the easy way and save on fuel, time and energy. Fly.
Contact 24 hours - 7 days
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Vortex Air from Moorabbin, Melbourne
Vortex Air operates out of Moorabbin Airport in Melbourne's South East and offers affordable charters for groups of all sizes and requirements.
Only a 45 minute flight, tickets start from just $345 per person return. Fly in for the day or stay as long as you please with a range of Hotham holiday packages available.
Vortex Air offers free car-parking at Moorabbin, complimentary use of their fully equipped lounge and bar, un-paralleled customer service, express check-in and the ability to fly to your own schedule.
Vortex Air Contact Details
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Kirkhope Aviation from Melbourne
Kirkhope Aviation is a charter operator based at Moorabbin Airport, operating for some 40 years. Fly into Hotham on the KingAir B200 twin turbine aircraft with full de-icing and high “turbine” performance, perfect for winter conditions. The KingAir travels up to 550 km/hr with typical flight time from Melbourne to Hotham Airport around 35 minutes. A great way to take your own group to Hotham for the day.
Kirkhope Aviation Contact Details
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Smartair Charter Flights from Albury, Victoria
The smartest way to hit the slopes at Hotham is by chartering your own aircraft, which flies when and where you want. You can fly directly from Albury to Hotham Airport in around half an hour with Smartair, who have been flying safely around the region since 1968.
Smartair offers you a range of charter options: Their business-class King Air is a luxurious 8-seater aircraft avaliable from $363per person (based on a group of 8) all inclusive for a day return charter. The King Air is fitted with de-icing equipment but all flights are of course weather dependent.
Alternatively, the twin-engined, 7-seater Piper Navajo can be chartered from $245 per person (based on a group of 7) all inclusive for a day return charter. Just call for pricing on any other requirements you might have such as pick-up a week after arrival.
Smartair will also arrange transfers for passengers to and from commercial flights, providing a seamless travel experience. Free parking is available at their Albury Airport base. Smartair can also help you with urgent trips on or off the mountain, should an emergency arise. A Smartair twin-engine aircraft is only 30 minutes flight time away.
The Albury and Bathurst-based charter company can arrange the most suitable aircraft for your travel needs anywhere within Australia, and is happy to advise you and help you make the most of your precious holiday time.
Smartair Contact Details
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AustAir Services from Bankstown, NSW
Maximise your time on the snow and avoid the traffic in an AustAir Services private jet. With a flight time of 50 minutes from Sydney you can quickly and safely travel to Mount Hotham this Winter.
The AustAir Services luxurious Cessna Citation Jet is fully equipped for the snow with de-icing equipment and weather radar. Catering for the flight is naturally complementary.
Avoid the queues of the major airports with free parking available at Bankstown metres from your aircraft. Leave Friday afternoon and return Monday morning to make the most of the weekend.
Prices from $1290 per person for a group of 6, day return.
AustAir Services Details
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Australasian Jet from Essendon Airport, Victoria
Australasian Jet operates private charter flights to Mt Hotham from Essendon Airport, a mere 15 minute drive on the Tullamarine Freeway from Melbourne's CBD. Operating 3 Beechcraft Super King Air's with full deicing, pressurisation and turbine performance, we pride ourselves on providing the safest air transit to Mount Hotham airport available during the winter season.
Mount Hotham is a quick 40 minute flight from Essendon airport and transport can be arranged at either end if required. We endeavour to provide the best value for money for our clients, and will be happy to discuss your individual requirements. Whether it's a morning departure to hit the slopes by 9am and depart to be back in Melbourne for dinner, or a longer winter vacation, we can tailor a package to meet and exceed your expectations. We can also depart from any regional or local airport and fly direct to Mount Hotham should you not wish to travel to Melbourne.
Prices start from $440.00 + GST per person for a day trip to the mountain, $565.00 + GST per person for an overnight and $690.00 + GST per person for 2 nights at Mount Hotham in your private aircraft. Please contact us directly for our best rate on 3 or more nights. Note: Rates are based upon 8 passengers.
Australasian Jet Contact Details
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Charter Flight Guidelines
Prices can vary on the time of season, the amount of people going and the length of the trip. For example, a 12-seater from Tooradin Airport (on the outskirts of Melbourne) costs approximately $350 per person which includes all landing costs and petrol. When you think of the amount of time your work, social or sporting group will be saving on a coach journey, the fun, spirit and exhilaration of flying into Australia's most accessible resort makes sense.
Plane sizes and types
Several companies specialise in charter flights. Different sized machines are available depending on the arrangements and size of the group they are catering to. All aircraft sizes have lots of room for transporting additional luggage such as ski and snowboard equipment, and with simpler check-in procedures on chartered flights it's much easier than flying on a commercial airline.
The great thing about flying into Hotham on a charter flight is that you can set your own schedule - YOU decide when the plane will leave the airport, and YOU decide when it will pick you up. All charter companies can accommodate either day trips or multiple night stays at the resort. Once again, there is a no hassle approach to flying from a light airport...no parking costs or waiting in terminals - you just drive up to the airport and go!Where do they take off from?
Melbourne based companies
Apart from the ultra affordable Lilydale Airport, Australasian Jets are based at Essendon and Tooradin Flying School at Tooradin. However all three companies are extremely flexible with regards to where you want to catch your plane from. These companies can pick passengers up from any one of the three airports in Melbourne (Essendon, Moorabbin or Tooradin) or the two in Geelong (Avalon and Ceres). Essendon has slightly higher usage fees than Moorabbin.
Sydney based companies
Adagold Aviation is based at Mascot airport, but can fly from any airport in Australia. All types of craft are offered, right up to Canadian made 36 seat Bombardier Dash-8's. These air-conditioned, pressurised, turbo-prop aircraft provide airline standard comfort without any of the schedule restrictions. A full in-flight food and beveridge service is available on request. Adagold Aviation supplies aircraft to the travel, corporate, government, military, mining and medical sectors and is now delighted to be associated with Mount Hotham.
Tradewinds Charter is another company that has been operating for a number of years. The operation has a full fleet of aircraft that can not only fly people from Sydney to Hotham direct but from interstate and even overseas to the resort. They are also very flexible with regard to flying out of rural and regional airports, and cater to both small and large groups.
Another Sydney based company is Curtis Aviation. This charter business was established 8 years ago and operates out of Camden airport, which is a 50 minute drive from Sydney. They own a fleet of five planes which can accommodate three to seven passengers.
JetCorp Australia provides a broad range of aircraft based in most major centres throughout Australia and have carried Presidents, Prime Ministers, Senior diplomats and leaders of the corporate world as passengers. JetCorp is capable of providing high quality, professional aviation services, pilots are well aware of the limitations and merits of Mt. Hotham Airport and which aircraft can be safely operated into the strip, summer and winter.
Canberra based companies
Corporate Air has been operating out of the nation's capital since 1972. They operate twin engine all weather aircraft that accommodate anywhere from 5 to 19 passengers. The journey direct to Hotham will only take 40 minutes, and free car parking is available for passengers at the terminal for the duration of their charter. If you live in the nation's capital then the slopes of Mount Hotham are no more than a small hop away!
Tasmanian based companies
Tasair are a Tasmanian based company that have been operating for 39 years. You can fly direct from Hobart direct to Hotham Airport, and the journey will take only 90 minutes. The price for the return service is $5,800 which equates to as little as $725 per person for a party of 8. Tasair have a fleet of 16 craft, however the model that will be used on Hotham flights will be a Cessna 411-Conquest. In-flight drinks and light refreshments are available on request.
Charter Company Contact Details
Phone number: 1800 767 747
Address: PO Box 727, Mascot NSW 1460
Phone number: (03) 9379 6999
Address: Hangar 81, Bristol Street, Essendon Airport VIC 3041
Phone number: (02) 6249 7044
Address: Hangar 2, McCann Road, Canberra Airport
Phone number: (02) 4655 6789
Address: Hangar 56, Camden Airport NSW 2570
Phone number: (03) 9379 4083
Address: Hangar 204, Lionel St, Essendon Airport VIC 3041
Phone number: (02) 9699 6411
Address: PO Box 639, Woollahra Sydney, NSW 1350
Phone number: 0418 379 263
Address: 8 Kasouka Rd, Camberwell, VIC 3124
Phone number: (03) 9739 1211
Address: 13 MacIntyre Lane, Lilydale, VIC 3140
TASAIR PTY LTD
Phone number: (03) 6248 5088
Address: GPO Box 45, Hobart Tasmania
TOORADIN FLYING SCHOOL
Phone number: (03) 5998 3711
Address: Tooradin Airfield, 3260 South Gippsland Highway, Tooradin VIC 3980
Phone: (03) 8586 7474
Address: 2 Third St, Moorabbin Airport VIC
Fly to Hotham yourself!
If you are a pilot you can fly to Hotham Airport. Please contact Jason Williams, Airport Manager on (03) 5159 6777 or 0418 971 778
Information for pilots
Airport Operator MHSC Transportation Services Pty Ltd PO Box 140 BRIGHT VIC 3741
Manager - Jason Williams
Phone - 03 5159 6777
Fax - 03 5159 6776
Email - firstname.lastname@example.org
Charges (effective 7 June 2013) $16.50 inc GST per passenger on arriving; $16.50 inc GST per passenger on departing.
Refuelling Services provided by Mount Hotham Airport, Credit Card or Cash payment only for Jet A1 and Avgas purchases. A call-out fee is applicable after hours and outside of the designated ski season. De-icing Services available on site by prior arrangement. Rates on application. Charter Operators should contact Jason Williams (Airport Manager) on (03) 5159 6777 or 0418 971 778.
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Transfers from Hotham Airport to Hotham Village or Dinner Plain
Dinner Plain Transit Services: 0408 007 464
O'Connells Bus Services: 0428 591 377