The dawn of 2020 marks not just a new year but a new decade! Still, some events we return to on an annual basis, and this year’s no exception. Private travelers experience an exclusive level of access and convenience to these events, thanks to the personalized nature of private travel.
For a year of perfect attendance at the most significant world events, private travelers should mark their calendars now for the major events of 2020. Ensure your plans are set in stone so you’re not caught off guard as the first days of 2020 roll into weeks and months.
January 21-24: Davos World economic Forum
World leaders will convene in a few short weeks at the 50th World Economic Forum (WEF) Annual Meeting, which will be held from January 21 through 24 in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland. At the beginning of each year, attendees head to Davos World Forum to engage in collaborative activities to shape global, regional, and industry agendas.
Private flyers, who are often key decision makers involved in the Davos World Forum, have high security needs–according to The New York Times, “During the conference, Davos transforms into a veritable fortress.” Thus, solidifying your flight plans ahead of time is essential.
February 2: Super Bowl LIV in Miami, Florida
The 100th anniversary of the Super Bowl is sure to be an epic one. The big game is scheduled for Sunday, February 2, 2020, at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida.
While the Super Bowl is in Miami Gardens, private travelers typically prefer to stay in the heart of Miami’s action; accommodations like the exclusive Fisher Island Club, the Mandarin Oriental Miami, and the Ritz-Carlton Coconut Grove are in high demand during peak season.
Want a front-row seat to the live action of Super Bowl LIV? Check out our post titled The Football Fan’s Guide To Visiting Miami For Superbowl LIV.
April 9-12: Masters
The 2020 Masters Tournament will begin on Thursday, April 9, and end Sunday, April 12, at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia.
According to Golf Digest, flying private into Augusta has become increasingly popular for players and ultra-wealthy Masters attendees. “Fifty-one weeks a year, depending on flight schedules, a plane will take off or land approximately every 30 minutes, sometimes longer, at little Bush Field … For much of this week, it’s every five, with one of the runways shut down and turned into a parking lot … On the eve of [the 2018] tournament, some 200 jets are already parked and through the course of the week more than 1,500 in all will come through the gates. Other airports—nearby Daniel Field, which is closer to the course but smaller, and Aiken (S.C.) Municipal Airport—can handle any overflow.”
The 2020 Masters Tournament will be the 84th edition of the Masters Tournament, and the first of golf’s four major championships in 2020.
Following the Masters, golf fans should plan to attend:
US PGA at TPC Harding Park in San Francisco, California (dates TBA)
US Open at Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck, New York (June 18-21)
British Open Championship at Royal St. George’s in Sandwich, Kent, England (July 16-19)
May 2: Kentucky Derby
Get your fascinators and frocks ready: the 146th running of the Kentucky Derby will take place on Saturday, May 2, at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky. The nearest airport is Louisville Airport (SDF) at just 2.2 miles away, but Bowman Field (LOU) also provides easy access to the most exciting two minutes in sports.
May 12-23: Cannes
The 2020 Cannes Film Festival will take place Tuesday, May 12, through Saturday, May 23, at Palais des Festivals in Cannes, France. Cannes 2020 marks the 73rd annual festival.
According to Variety, “The festival will open on Tuesday evening for the third consecutive time, unlike the Wednesday kickoff that had been the tradition for many years. The Marche du Film will be held May 12-21. The Berlin Film Festival, meanwhile, will move closer to Cannes, kicking off later than usual, on Feb. 20, 2020 – a shift made to avoid having the fest clash with the Oscars.”
Private travelers can fly into Cannes-Mandelieu Airport (CEQ), which is a 2-hour flight from Paris and London or a 7.5-hour flight from New York.
June and July: Wimbledon
Game, set, match! The 2020 Wimbledon Championships will begin on Monday, June 29, and end on Sunday, July 12, at London’s All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club in the United Kingdom.
To take a private jet to Wimbledon, the nearest airport is London Heathrow (LHR) which is 10.6 miles away, but other nearby airports include London City (LCY) at 12.4 miles away, London Gatwick (LGW) at 19.5 miles away, London Luton (LTN) at 31.7 miles away, and London Stansted (STN) at 37.6 miles away. You can also fly by private helicopter to Ham Polo Club, just 6 miles from Wimbledon.
July and August: Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics
The 2020 Summer Olympics will take place in Tokyo, Japan, from Friday, July 24, through Sunday, August 9. The history-making summer games only come around every four years, so don’t miss the 2020 festivities in Tokyo.
The best airports for private flights to Tokyo include Tokyo Haneda International Airport (HND), Narita International Airport (NRT), Yokota Ab Airport (OKO), Chofu Airport (RJTF), and Ibaraki Airport (IBR).
a look ahead at 2020
2020 is shaping up to be a busy year for private travelers. Fortunately, Magellan Jets has no blackout dates, no peak day surcharges, and a dedicated support team available 24/7 to our members.
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