Las Vegas missed out on setting a new high for private jets flying in for the Super Bowl, despite predictions it would break records

  • Aviation firms and officials predicted that over 1,000 private jets would fly in for the Super Bowl.

  • But WingX said 882 arrived, 19% fewer than flew in for last year's Super Bowl.

  • Taylor Swift and Elon Musk were among those who flew privately to the big game.

The number of private jets ferrying the rich and famous to last Sunday's Super Bowl in Las Vegas dropped from last year's total, despite predictions that a record number would fly in to watch the spectacle.

The market-intelligence provider WingX said on LinkedIn that 882 private jets landed in Las Vegas from Friday, February 9, to Sunday. It said that was 19% fewer than the 1,085 that flew in for last year's Super Bowl, held in Glendale, Arizona.

The flight-tracking website FlightAware put the figure at 887 private jets landing in Las Vegas from Friday to Sunday.

The aviation-data providers' estimates vary because they rely on different methodologies and sources. WingX, for example, appeared to include data from several airports in the Las Vegas area in its total.

Before the game, officials from the Clark County Department of Aviation told CNN they expected over 1,000 private jets to fly into four airports in and around Las Vegas. Forbes reported the number could be as high as 1,500.

"We expect bizjet traffic generated by the Las Vegas Super Bowl to break records," WingX said in a blog post on February 9.

The jet-setters used not only Harry Reid International Airport but three smaller airports: North Las Vegas, Henderson Executive, and Boulder City.

Taylor Swift and Elon Musk are among those who flew privately for the Super Bowl.

Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes signed a deal in 2018 with the Kansas private-jet company Airshare, which has transported him to previous games, per Forbes, though he arrived in Las Vegas a week before the Super Bowl on a United Airlines charter with the rest of the team.

Swift's Dassault Falcon 7X flew the 220 miles from Burbank, California, to Las Vegas on Sunday. A day earlier, she appeared to charter a plane — labeled "The Football Era" — from Tokyo to Los Angeles. The flight was tracked by over 32,000 people on Flightradar24.

In December, Swift's lawyers sent a cease-and-desist letter to Jack Sweeney, a college student who compiles public tracking information about celebrities' private flights.

Swift's own Falcon 7X uses a privacy program to make it harder to track.

While the Super Bowl private-jet record wasn't broken, the Transportation Security Administration said on Tuesday that it screened a record number of passengers at Harry Reid International Airport on Monday. It said 103,978 people passed through TSA checkpoints at the airport, about 500 more than the record, set on October 29.

February 16, 2024: This story has been updated with data on private-jet arrivals for the Super Bowl.

Correction: February 16, 2024 — An earlier version of this story misidentified the private-jet company that has a deal with Patrick Mahomes. It is Airshare, not Overland Park.

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