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How to fly from Pennsylvania to Illinois by private jet charter

If you’re traveling from Pennsylvania to Illinois, there may be a few questions you want answered to help you decide if a private jet charter between the two states is the right option. Maybe you’re flying to Chicago to watch tennis champions Nadal and Federer play at the Laver Cup this September, or you have a high-profile event to attend in the state. This quick guide covers all the basics, from approximate flight times to the choice of private jet airports on offer.

Private jet airports in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania is a northeastern U.S. state bordered by New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, West Virginia and Ohio. It also shares a border with Canadian province Ontario. Pennsylvania is made up of 57 cities, including state capital Harrisburg and Philadelphia. With over 1.5 million residents, Philadelphia has the largest population in the state, followed by Pittsburgh then Allentown. The majority of Pennsylvania’s airports are located in city centres and can be accessed by private jet.

1. Philadelphia

Philadelphia is the home of the US Constitution and where the Declaration of Independence was first read out in 1776. Philadelphia International Airport and Northeast Philadelphia Airport are the city’s two major airports.

2. Pittsburgh

Home to the Pittsburgh Steelers, Pittsburgh Penguins and Pittsburgh Pirates, this sporty city hosts soccer, baseball and hockey matches throughout the year. Pittsburgh International Airport and Pittsburgh Monroeville Airport are the two major airports serving the city. Pittsburgh Northeast Airport is conveniently located 12 miles northeast of Pittsburgh’s central business district (CBD) in Allegheny County.

3. Harrisburg

If you’re flying from state capital Harrisburg, you can use Harrisburg International Airport, which is located 13 miles from the center of town.

4. Allentown

Allentown is a city perched along the Lehigh River, situated north of Harrisburg and Philadelphia. Allentown Queen City Municipal Airport, also known as Queen City Airport, is located just three miles from the city center in Lehigh County.

5. Erie

Erie is a city built on the banks of Lake Erie, named after the lake and the Native American tribe who historically inhabited the area. Lake Erie is shared with the Canadian province of Ontario. Erie International Airport is situated just five miles out of Erie in Erie County.

Top five cities with private jet airports in Illinois

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View of a sunset from Garden of the Gods mountain in Southern Illinois

The midwestern state of Illinois is home to around 12.9 million people and is made up of a large collection of cities – the biggest being Chicago, Aurora, Rockford, Joliet and Naperville. The top destination for private jet charter in Illinois is Chicago, nicknamed ‘The Windy City’ for its offshore winds.

1. Chicago

Chicago lures in visitors with its spectacular skyline, famous deep dish pizza and love of jazz music. There are multiple airports that cater to private jets flying to Chicago. Chicago O'Hare International Airport is seven miles away from the CBD, based in Cook County. Another good option is Chicago Midway International Airport, the second-largest commercial airport in Illinois State. Chicago Executive Airport is further out, based 18 miles northwest of Chicago in Wheeling, Cook County.

2. Aurora

Aurora is the second most populated area in Illinois and is serviced by Aurora Municipal Airport. If you are traveling to the state capital, Springfield, fly to Lincoln Municipal Airport, three miles northwest of downtown Springfield.


Rockford is a city in northern Illinois, located on the banks of the Rock River. Rock Cut State Park is northeast of the city and has over 3,000 acres of natural landscapes to explore. Chicago Rockford Airport is the main airport serving the city, based just outside Rockford city centre in Winnebago County.


If you are traveling to Joliet, Illinois, fly to Joliet Regional Airport four miles away from the CBD. Lewis University Airport is located seven miles away in Romeoville.


Naperville is a western suburb of Chicago. The DuPage River flows through the city and Naperville Riverwalk is a scenic network of walkways meandering around the banks of the river. Fly to Naper Aero Club Airport or Bolingbrook's Clow International Airport in Will County.

How long is a flight from Pennsylvania to Illinois?

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Private plane interior with wooden tables and brown leather seats

This will depend on exactly where you are flying to/from within the two states and the type of aircraft you charter. Below is a flight duration comparison of three different types of aircraft, flying from Philadelphia International Airport to Chicago O'Hare International Airport over a distance of 588 miles.

Very Light Jet: 2 hours 4 minutes

Midsize Jet: 1 hour 51 minutes

Heavy Jet: 1 hour 51 minutes

How much does it cost to charter a private jet from Pennsylvania to Illinois?

This depends on a number of factors, such as the total distance covered and the type of aircraft. Many people are surprised to find that private jet charter is more economical than they first thought, especially when it comes to traveling in groups compared to Business Class tickets. Read about how much it costs to charter a private jet or contact our team, who will be able to provide a bespoke quote for your journey.

Top 2018 events in Illinois

The Chicago Blues Festival in June kicks off a swinging season of events in state capital Chicago, followed by Taste of Chicago, the world’s biggest food festival, at Grant Park from July 4-8. The Chicago Jazz Festival marks a soulful close to the season at Millenium Park from August 30 – September 2.

Sports fans are well catered for in Chicago as well, with the Bears, Blackhawks, Bulls, White Sox and Cubs playing home games throughout the year. 2018 is set to be extra special for Chicago, with the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship in the summer and then the Laver Cup in September, which sees the six best tennis players from Europe – ‘Team Europe’ – play against six top players from the rest of the world – ‘Team World’. This groundbreaking new tournament will give fans the chance to see tennis icons like Nadal and Federer play against each other at the United Center for two days from September 21.

ACS has have a global network made up of 20 offices around the world, which work together to find our clients the perfect aircraft charters. All of our account managers are aviation experts and will be able to help you compare different types of aircraft for your specific needs. Our phones are manned 24/7, 365 days a year so you can contact us at a time that is convenient for you.

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