Travelers nervous about flying with commercial airlines are turning to charters instead

First Wing Charter and Management was featured in this week’s issue of the Indianapolis Business Journal.

First Wing Charter and Management, which has operations at Eagle Creek Airpark in Indianapolis, Indianapolis Executive Airport in Zionsville and Frankfort Municipal Airport, has seen business come roaring back after hitting a low in April.

Based on the number of hours flown, First Wing had a record month in June, up 40% from a year earlier. July was even better, and August was strong as well.

“It’s really, really kept us hopping, that’s for sure,” said Andy Yergler, a vice president and general manager at First Wing.

Business travel is still depressed, but Yergler said personal travel has more than made up for it—people traveling for vacation, shuttling between their residences or flying older relatives in for visits. And many of these leisure travelers are new to charter aviation.

“This [pandemic] has exposed more first-time

fliers that have always had the wherewithal to be able to charter an airplane, but for whatever reason, they chose not to,” Yergler said. “Now, they’re coming out of the woodwork.”

Read the full article here.

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