Flying by private jet or turboprop for business or leisure supports the community you are based in and the places you fly, according to a new government study
Flying privately is not only good for you and your business. Flying via private aviation has a big, positive impact on both your base community and the places you fly. Manassas Regional Airport (HEF) delivers an annual impact with $375,492,000 in economic activity, according to a study commissioned by the Virginia Department of Aviation, and reported by No Plane, No Gain, an advocacy group supported by the National Business Aviation Association and General Aviation Manufacturers Association.
“The study not only showed Manassas as the top airport in the state, but also demonstrated the growth of the airport’s economic contributions since the previous study, completed several years ago,” said Juan Rivera, airport director at Manassas Regional Airport. “Our growth, including the new businesses we attract and the increase in business aviation hangar construction, which leads to more based aircraft, means increased business and real estate taxes for the city of Manassas.” That growth also brought more jobs and wages to the area. The airport is responsible for more than 6,000 jobs and $360 million in wages. Almost 400 aircraft are based at the airport, which sees an average of approximately 400 operations each day.
“Manassas Regional Airport is a vital economic driver for the city of Manassas and for Northern Virginia,” said Paige Kroner, NBAA’s regional representative for the mid-Atlantic region. “General aviation as a whole, and business aviation in particular, are known economic lifelines for many communities. The airport contributes positively to the city and the region, not just in terms of jobs, wages and direct economic impact but also by attracting new businesses to the area and retaining existing businesses.”
Part of the airport’s success is due to close proximity to Washington, DC, but Rivera credits the airport’s success to having a business-friendly approach, excellent staff and support from city officials.
“These results are a testament to the airport staff, commission and city council,” said Rivera. “These numbers translate into real, positive economic impact for our city and the region.” Something to think about whether you own your aircraft or fly by fractional share, on-demand charter or Jet Card.