This is fascinating to me – the pandemic has encouraged more people to take up flying as a hobby and even a vocation! I guess it makes sense; the plane’s small size inherently limits your exposure to others and mass transit is such a hassle. Why not take your own plane?
Here’s what the Greenville Business Magazine says:
“While coronavirus (Covid-19) has affected revenue and passenger traffic at most commercial U.S. airports, the disease has turned into almost a blessing in disguise in the last few months to the world of general and business aviation.
Flight instruction for new pilots is up, first-time U.S. charters are reaching new highs, and, going forward, industry officials are poised to see the industry take off in ways that previously appealed to only a certain segment of people.
‘Covid-19 has made travel by business jets a more attractive option than ever before,” said Joe Frasher, director of Greenville Downtown Airport (GMU). “We have definitely seen an increase in the use of charter aircraft.’”
Read the full article from the Greenville Business Magazine >