What is Ultra Short Haul?
This is a new term for air travel that covers very short distances in the 100 – 300+ km range.
Why was this service introduced?
Areas outside major metros can offer many advantages to the economy, as they provide benefits to a business that can’t be found in metros. These would include special economic or industrial development zones, and where there are advantages for production close to natural resources. Chamber Air makes air access affordable to these routes.
Is Chamber Air an airline?
Absolutely not – we offer no airline operational services – we are a booking and facilitating agent. That means we will open new routes and assist charter companies to service these routes cost effectively (and with affordable rates).
Why is there a Chamber member discount?
This economic boost would not exist if it was not for Chambers of Commerce. So, to ensure you continue to receive this service, we ask that you support your local Chamber. Costs are relatively low and you get many other benefits as a Chamber member.
Why is there no regular schedule?
Charter companies are not necessarily licensed to run a schedule service, even if it is to a destination that is not currently served by any other airline with regular flights. Hopefully this will change in the future as the aviation industry appreciates the benefits of the sharing economy, but until then, we can only list flights that the charter company is flying on that date and has space available. Civair has a schedule license for Saldanha, but this is an exception.
Is this safe?
All charter companies that make available space and seats need to provide proof to Chamber Air that they have all the necessary current certification and licenses from their local civil aviation authority to ensure safe carriage. Air charter with qualified carriers is considered a safe mode of travel. Although there is no evidence that flying at night is any less safe, we have taken the decision that “If you can’t see the runway, we don’t fly”. So we don’t fly in thick fog and at night.
Will I save time?
Chamber Air is not just about saving time. However, you would arrive in a fraction of the time and in a fresher condition than spending hours on the road fighting traffic – and be in time for dinner at home on the same day, saving you overnight costs.
Can I hire an entire plane with Chamber Air?
Yes you can. In that case you could even choose your date and time, depending on availability. The member discount would also apply in this case.
I want to fly to a destination you don’t serve.
No problem, Chamber Air will liaise with your local Chamber of Commerce to determine if a qualified Charter company has capacity and can fly it cost-effectively. If that turns out to be the case, we will put them on our system and you can book through us. This process can take a while, so if you’re in a hurry – go straight to your charter company, but make sure they belong to a Chamber of Commerce and demand a discount.
What happens if the flight is delayed or cancelled?
Good question. Travelling with Chamber Air is different. If your plane cannot depart for whatever reason, your local Chamber will have a backup mechanism where ground transportation will be made available. However, you will also have a host of choices in addition to ground transportation, such as a refund or postponing to another day.
Can I take the usual luggage?
No. Charter flights may have baggage limitations more stringent than the commercial airlines. In some cases, only soft bags are allowed. Also, if you have any baggage considered unsafe for air travel, these will not be allowed on the flight. Please check your flight ticket for specific limitations.
Is there an onboard flight attendant?
Aircraft for these short flights usually do not have an aisle. Although we treat you like royalty, Chamber Air promotes an economy service. For a high end luxury experience where budget is not a problem, contact us for a quotation. There are even bucket list experiences that cost in excess of $20 000.
What Qualifies as a Chamber of Commerce for Chamber Air discount?
Although an organization might call itself a Chamber, discounts are only applicable to members of Chambers that meet the following criteria:
• Operate as a legal entity.
• Have a constitution.
• Provide subscription-based membership.
• Have annual audited financial accounts.
• Be a not for profit association, either by registration type or dictated by its Constitution.