In 1993, it was almost unthinkable for a travel agency or private entity to charter their own plane. In October of the same year, Chema Álvarez, an aviation lover since childhood and with years of experience in the sector, fulfilled a dream: to offer cheap private flights to travel agencies and, at the same time, to offer the possibility of expanding business to airlines. Thus Empty Leg was born and, with it, the figure of the air broker in Spain; a completely innovative business at the time.
This week marks the 25th anniversary of the birth of Empty Leg (1993), from which Empty Leg Portugal (2001) and Privilege Style Airlines (2003) derive. The latter will turn 15 next December.
And after a quarter of a century we are still growing; we already employ more than 300 people who daily demonstrate that, even within the humility we always proclaim, with will, seriousness, professionalism and determination, it is possible to consolidate a project which is already a reference in the aeronautical sector.
In an internal statement, our President particularly wanted to mention our colleagues Pilar Miró, María Antonia Bauzá and Licelia Ferreira, saying, “They have been the ones who, standing by my side almost from the beginning, have built the natural foundations of our history; and, ‘locked and loaded’ they continue to stand today”.
Chema Álvarez has also expressed his most sincere gratitude to each and every one of his employees, family, friends and collaborators, for trusting in his project. “Without you it would not have been possible to accomplish this dream, which I continue to fulfil every day with confidence and tons of excitement.”
25 years of history and...
12,300,000 passengers transferred
300,291 flight hours
113,000 private flights
Operations on belhaf of more than 200 airlines