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How Taylor Swift ‘shakes off’ her tour to make it to Super Bowl LVIII

Feb 2

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Taylor Swift may not be Juliet, and Travis Kelce may not be Romeo, but a love story is unfolding nonetheless. The first hurdle in their romance may be Swift’s unconfirmed journey to Super Bowl LVII between the Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers in Las Vegas, Nevada. The award-winning artist has yet to announce her plans for travel.

Swift is scheduled for a show in Tokyo on Saturday, Feb. 10, a day before the Super Bowl, and in order to make it to the big game, she’ll need to beat the clock.

The Associated Press reports that Swift’s flight from Tokyo to Las Vegas would take 11-12 hours. If she left at midnight on Saturday from Tokyo, because of time zone differences, she would arrive in Las Vegas at 7 a.m.

To see her boyfriend, who stars for the Kansas City Chiefs, Swift is going to have to find a parking spot for her private jet, a Dassault Falcon 900. The aircraft ranges in price from $19 million to $47 million, according to PilotPassion.com.

However, money isn’t the problem; parking availability is what’s causing the dilemma.

All of the airports around Las Vegas have around 475 spaces combined, according to a report by the AP. Not a single parking spot for private jets remains at any of the four airports, as noted by spokesperson for the Clark County Department of Aviation, Heidi Hayes.

Air traffic is expected to be busy. Commercial airlines have added flights and the Las Vegas Airport reported Wednesday, Jan. 30, it accommodated nearly 60 million passengers in 2023, an average of 160,000 passengers per day.

As far as Swift’s travel, she is not shy about using her aircraft. The New Daily reported that Swift’s flights to NFL games this season have created 138 tons of emissions in just three months.

However, a representative for Swift defended her decision, saying the artist offset the pollutants by doubling down on the carbon credits required for her Eras Tour in March. Those credits are tradable units that represent one metric ton of carbon dioxide avoided or removed from Earth’s atmosphere, according to the investment site Sylvera.

Enough with the side talk, Swift needs to find her parking spot.

The AP reported that there are several airports within 100 miles of Las Vegas which allow for “drop-and-go” flights. Essentially, those flights allow pilots to drop off passengers at their destination and then fly to another airport to park.

If Swift were to go the drop-and-go route, she could choose the Mesquite Municipal Airport in Nevada, which is an hour and 13 minutes to Las Vegas, not considering the added traffic from Super Bowl LVII.

If Swift does “touchdown” in Las Vegas due to a spot opening up at one of the four airports, her parking may actually be cheaper than the average person who drives to the stadium. An official at Harry Reid International Airport confirmed to the AP that parking for private planes ranges anywhere from $20 to $150 per day, depending on the size of the plane.

However, it’s unclear if Swift will even make the trip to Super Bowl LVIII, as her journey remains up in the air. The multiplatinum artist had not confirmed whether or not she will attend the sporting spectacle as of Thursday, Feb. 1.

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[JACK AYLMYER]

AS TAYLOR SWIFT SANG, “I WISHED UPON A PLANE.”

WELL, WISHING MAY BE ALL SHE CAN DO– IF SHE’S HOPING TO SECURE A SPOT TO PARK HER PLANE IN LAS VEGAS AHEAD OF SUPER BOWL 58– TO SEE HER BOYFRIEND, TRAVIS KELCE, PLAY ON THE BIGGEST STAGE IN SPORTS.

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS REPORTS–

THE FOUR AIRPORTS AROUND LAS VEGAS HAVE JUST UNDER FIVE-HUNDRED PARKING SPOTS COMBINED… THAT MEANS SWIFT MAY HAVE TO “SHAKE IT OFF” AND “KEEP CRUISIN” BECAUSE ALL THE SPACES ARE FILLED UP!

YOU CAN IMAGINE– WITH THE BIG SHOW IN TOWN– AIRPORTS ARE PREPARING FOR MASSIVE CROWDS. FLIGHTS HAVE BEEN ADDED TO LAS VEGAS FROM KANSAS CITY AND SAN FRANCISCO, AS THE CHIEFS AND NINERS LOOK TO DO BATTLE. BUT WHAT ABOUT SWIFT? SHE NEEDS TO FIND A WAY TO “RIDE ON” AFTER HER SHOW IN TOKYO ON FEBRUARY 10TH.

THE SUPERSTAR SURELY ISN’T HURTING TO FIND A RIDE. SHE REPORTEDLY OWNS A PRIVATE JET, A DASSAULT FALCON 900, TO BE EXACT. DEPENDING ON THE YEAR, THAT AIRCRAFT WILL RUN YOU ANYWHERE FROM 19-MILLION TO 47 MILLION DOLLARS, ACCORDING TO PILOT PASSION-DOT-COM. IT’S NOT EVEN THE ONLY JET SHE OWNS. SHE’S NOT SHY ABOUT USING THEM EITHER. THE NEW DAILY REPORTS, SWIFT’S FLIGHTS TO N-F-L GAMES THIS YEAR HAVE CREATED 138 TONS OF EMISSIONS IN JUST THREE MONTHS.

HOWEVER, A REPRESENTATIVE FOR SWIFT DEFENDED HER DECISION, SAYING, THE ARTIST OFFSET THE POLLUTANTS BY DOUBLING THE CARBON CREDITS REQUIRED FOR HER TOUR IN MARCH. THOSE CREDITS TRADABLE UNITS REPRESENTING ONE METRIC TON OF CARBON DIOXIDE, AVOIDED OR REMOVED FROM EARTH’S ATMOSPHERE, ACCORDING TO INVESTMENT SITE SYLVERA.

BACK TO HER JOURNEY, AN ANALYSIS BY THE AP SHOWS, IF SWIFT LEAVES HER ERAS TOUR AT MIDNIGHT ON FEBRUARY 10TH, DUE TO TIME ZONE DIFFERENCES, IT WILL BE 7 A-M IN VEGAS. ASSUMING HER FLIGHT TAKES 11 TO 12 HOURS, SHE’LL BE IN SIN CITY THE DAY BEFORE THE SUPER BOWL.

BUT SHE STILL HAS A PARKING PROBLEM. THE AP REPORTS THERE ARE SEVERAL AIRPORTS WITHIN 100 MILES OF VEGAS, WHICH ALLOW FOR “DROP-AND-GO” FLIGHTS. PILOTS LEAVE THE PASSENGERS THEN FLY TO ANOTHER AIRPORT TO PARK. LET’S SAY SHE CHOOSES MESQUITE MUNICIPAL AIRPORT IN NEVADA. A QUICK CHECK ON GOOGLE MAPS, AND IT’S A LITTLE OVER AN HOUR FROM VEGAS– LIKELY ADDING TO THAT NUMBER WITH HEAVY TRAFFIC.

IF TAYLOR SWIFT DOES “TOUCHDOWN” IN VEGAS DUE TO A SPOT OPENING UP AT ONE AIRPORT– HER PARKING MAY ACTUALLY BE CHEAPER THAN FOR THE AVERAGE FAN WHO DRIVES. AN OFFICIAL AT HARRY REID INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT SAID PRICES ARE REMAINING STANDARD, RANGING ANYWHERE FROM 20 DOLLARS TO 150 DOLLARS A DAY, DEPENDING ON THE SIZE OF THE PLANE.

THE ARTIST HASN’T EVEN CONFIRMED SHE’S GOING TO THE SUPER BOWL YET, SO RIGHT NOW HER TRIP REMAINS “UP IN THE AIR.”

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