The State of North Carolina is taking an exceptionally positive approach to aviation.
The state’s FlyPorts program, working with SATSair, a provider of customized, on-demand air taxi services, has developed a “Business Day-Travelers” program which offers special rates for one day trips out of Raleigh, North Carolina.
“Business Day-Travelers will enable business professionals in the Raleigh market to improve their productivity by doing more business throughout North Carolina and the Southeast in less time,” said Phil Quist, vice president for business systems at SATSair. Operating from the General Aviation Terminal at Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU), the customer-designed trips will be offered at the special rate of $495 per hour for the entire aircraft, not just per seat. The program uses Cirrus SR-22 aircraft to pick up passengers at RDU, take them directly to the airport nearest to their destinations, and return within a 12 hour window.
“During these hard economic times, making long term contractual commitments for corporate air travel may be challenging for some companies,” said Quist. “Our program will allow companies in the Triangle to conduct out of town business meetings anywhere up and down the east coast – and be home that night.”
SATSair has been a provider of air taxi services since 2004. It flew more than 300 flights in and out of Raleigh-Durham in 2008. “Air service promotes economic development. Raleigh-Durham’s extensive availability of scheduled air transportation has made it an outstanding asset for the community,” commented Dave Thomas, Air Service Program Manager with the NCDOT Division of Aviation. “The on-demand SATSair…services add a new dimension from RDU for business professionals looking for a more convenient and economical way to travel – including to those eleven North Carolina communities participating in the Small Community Air Service Development Program supported by NCDOT and USDOT.”