What do you know about Flying Private and the Derby? No, we’re not talking about Flying Private, the horse that finished 19th in the 2009 derby—we’re talking about the biggest horse racing event of the year, and there’s no better way to arrive than by private jet. However, flying into the region can be difficult due to increased traffic around the event known as “the most exciting two minutes in sports.” Here’s what you need to know if you’re flying private to the 2022 Derby.
DERBY 2022 PRIVATE JET TRAVEL: EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW
WHEN IS THE 2022 KENTUCKY DERBY?
This year’s Derby will be held on Saturday, May 7, 2022 at the famed Churchill Downs Racetrack in Louisville, Kentucky, but the week before the main race is also packed with events, beginning with Opening Night at Churchill Downs on the evening of Saturday, April 30. Champions Day will be held Tuesday, May 3, with live racing on Wednesday, May 4 and “Thurby,” an infield concert at the racetrack, on Thursday, May 5. The Kentucky Oaks, America’s premier race for fillies (female horses) is held on Friday, May 6. Gates open at 9 a.m. on Derby Day.
Tickets, premium seating & concierge information, and more are available on kentuckyderby.com. For more information about visiting Churchill Downs, maps, event times, and more, view the 2022 Derby Information Guide here.
WHAT ARE THE BEST AIRPORTS FOR FLYING PRIVATE TO THE DERBY?
Louisville Muhammad Ali International Airport (KSDF) in Louisville, KY
FBO: Atlantic Aviation
Driving distance from Churchill Downs: 10 minutes
Due to the increase in air traffic volume around the Kentucky Derby, Atlantic Aviation says reservations are strongly encouraged for any flights between May 5-8. Guests should know that increased traffic as well as airport construction have resulted in limited parking at the FBO.
Louisville Executive Aviation says guests can expect short taxi times, an all-day cookout on Oaks and Derby Day, and a complimentary shuttle to and from Churchill Downs.
Clark Regional Airport is located just seven miles north of Louisville, across the Ohio River in Indiana.
READY TO BOOK YOUR PRIVATE JET FLIGHT TO THE DERBY?
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