Saturday, April 8, 2017

Group-owned jet use increases during Masters



More Masters Tournament patrons flew into town this year on their own planes – or at least, their “partly owned” planes.

Flexjet, a leading provider of fractionally owned private jets (think of a timeshare with wings), says business is up again this year at Augusta Regional Airport, where the roughly 3,000 private jets that descend on the Garden City during Masters Week account for nearly three-quarters of the airport’s entire private plane activity for the year.

This year’s tournament activity was a 3 percent increase over last year, Flexjet Sales Executive Christian McCracken said, adding that this year’s private jet turnout might have been the largest to date.

Fractional jet owners are (obviously) well-heeled individuals, but many are typically owned by small groups or corporations making the most out of their investment.

“In many cases, our owners will fly down several groups from differing locations through the span of competition to view the tournament, all on one set of passes,” McCracken said.

The Cleveland-based company’s hospitality lounge at the airport’s private jet terminal this year offered bourbon-tastings, a cigar bar, “locally sourced” hors d’oeuvres and a luxury candy buffet called the “Sweet Spot.”

You won’t find any of that in the main terminal, that’s for sure. And the best part? No Transportation Security Administration patdowns.

Original article can be found here: http://chronicle.augusta.com

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