Business aviation is on the rise. Waiting in the busy lines at the airport can be time-consuming, business aviation is faster, saves time, and allows for more productivity on the go. Read the article below for more information about the practicality of business aviation.
A recent article by Joe Sharkey in the New York Times entitled “Clearing Skies for Private Jets” reflects the important role that business aviation plays within our nation’s air transportation system.
Mr. Sharkey interviewed Mark Dowley, an executive and marketing consultant who relies heavily on airlines to fulfill his travel needs, but uses business aviation “as a filler to circumvent time-consuming airline schedules that often require an inconvenient connection, even on short hops.”
About 10 percent of the 300,000 miles that Mr. Dowley typically flies annually are flown on business aircraft. Apparently he embraces the arguments offered by advocates of business aviation—namely that:
- Business jets are offices that move swiftly, placing the right person in the right place at the right time.
- Travel time can be productive time.
- You can visit several clients on the same day.
- Overnight stays can be minimized if not avoided altogether.
- Travel via company or charter aircraft is less tiring.
- It’s a great way to impress clients as well as colleagues.
- Business aviation enables a company to maximize its two most important assets: people and time.
As a reader of Business Aviation advice on Forbes.com, you probably are aware of those attributes. You have heard those messages before. If you are new to this site, you will soon learn that business aviation is an effective business tool.
Business aviation’s value, however, results from one overarching attribute: its ability to provide safe, effective and efficient transportation that is not available from other modes of travel. Business aviation is first and foremost transportation! All other aspects are secondary.
By providing connectivity to many locations within the U.S. that lack timely airline service, business aviation is an essential component of our nation’s air transportation infrastructure. Of the more than 5,500 landing facilities available for public use in the nation, only 503 have scheduled airline service with more than a modicum of enplaned passengers according to the Federal Aviation Administration. In sharp contrast, business aircraft have access to all 5,500 airports. In fact, most airline schedules that align efficiently with business itineraries are limited to the nation’s 29 large hubs where nearly 70 percent of all passengers enplane. Another 20 percent of enplanements occur at 38 medium hubs, and eight percent are associated with the nation’s 72 small hubs.
What that tells you is that about 19 out of every 20 airline passengers enplane at fewer than three percent of the airports that can accommodate business aircraft. Why? Airline economics require high load factors. The net result is that scheduled airlines do not provide service to locations where enplanements are likely to be low. Nor do they want to provide service to low-density markets.
Companies across our nation, however, require efficient air transportation to participate in the ebb and flow of commerce. They need business aviation, which forms an integral part of our nation’s transportation system. Little wonder why the businessman interviewed by Joe Sharkey included business aviation as an essential tool in facilitating his business success.