Muskegon Airport Points to Importance of Business
By Dave AlexanderThe business community in Muskegon County, Mich., wants county commissioners to maintain funding for the Muskegon County Airport in future budgets. Business leaders report growing demand for charter and private flights, as corporate travelers increasingly turn away from commercial flights. Although commercial flights cost less, business leaders say charter-flights are more convenient and offer flexible scheduling. Additionally, the new generation of very light jets will bolster general aviation business flights. At approximately $1 million, these new jets are less expensive than standard business jets that average $4 million. Businesses will find it easier to purchase these planes together, dividing the costs of maintenance and pilots. Other benefits of private jets include the absence of security hassles and the ability to fly to small communities that lack commercial air service, as well as being able to work during the flight. No less than 72 businesses use the airport for business travel, according to the Muskegon Area Chamber of Commerce.
November 12, 2008