New Study Shows Ease and Cost Efficiency of Air Travel
In cooperation with the National Business Aviation Association and the National Association of State Aviation Officials, NEXA Advisors have released Part III of their Business Aviation User Studies entitled, Government Use of Aircraft: A Taxpayer Use Perspective. While this study focuses on government use, it reaffirms the utility of business and light aviation.“Similar to business use of aircraft,” the report states,”government agencies operate and charter aircraft to provide safe, reliable, cost-effective on-demand air transportation.” In an interview with an official at the Kentucky Department of Aviation, the official said, “flying reduces the cost of overtime/comp time, overnight lodging and per diem. Also, hours of driving time for state employees is time wasted.” In other words, the report said aircraft is “another tool in the toolbox for government agencies to utilize.”As of May 19, 2012, 38 states have issued proclamations in support of business aviation according to the report. In size and geography, these states are diverse. “Recession and public attention have actually enhanced the use of aircraft in Texas because budget cutbacks make government aircraft use more cost effective transportation,” said an official at the Texas Department of Transportation in the study. “We have increased our fleet to meet the increased demand for our services,” the official added. This study on governmental agencies found “overwhelming commitment to the use of aircraft in the business of government. “ In the public sector, taxpayers can show a scrutiny beyond board members or shareholders on funds are being spent. As this report illustrates, chartered aviation is an effective and cost-efficient mode of transportation. Businesses not yet utilizing chartered aircraft for their travel needs, should seriously consider the findings in this report. Additionally, NEXA’s forthcoming study, Users’ Performance through the Great Recession (2012) will surely reiterate the benefits of business aviation. For more information on these studies, visit www.nbaa.org.