Jet Linx adds Minneapolis base at Flying Cloud Airport

By Doug Gollan, October 8, 2020

The private terminal in Minneapolis marks the 19th city for the Omaha-based jet card and private jet management operator

Jet Linx Aviation has opened in its 19th city with a new base and private terminal at Flying Cloud Airport in Eden Prairie serving the Minneapolis area.

It’s the first new base this year after opening Austin, Boston, Chicago, and New York in 2019. It also added a second location at Spirit of St. Louis Airport and expanded its Nashville terminal.

The Part 135 operator manages aircraft for owners and sells jet cards base on the managed fleet in the 19 markets it serves. Owners and customers use private terminals instead of FBOs at airports.

Jet Linx Minneapolis Flying Cloud Airport

As part of its COVID-19 prevention efforts, Jet Linx has treated its aircraft and lounges with BIOPROTECTUs, a non-toxic substance. It prevents the coronavirus on surfaces.

Earlier this week, NetJets said it was adding its own terminals at Centennial Airport in Denver and at San Jose Airport serving Silicon Valley in California.

Last year the company added a deposit program for individual customers and then more recently launched a corporate jet card program, also offering deposit and pay-as-you-go options.

The expansion to the Twin Cities was expected after its 2019 acquisition of Elliott Aviation’s management business, which included a location there.

The company did not issue a press release. However, in the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal said the opening took place earlier this evening.

Jet Linx Minneapolis expansion plans

According to the report, plans call for up managing 10 aircraft over an undisclosed period. Currently, there are three. Jet Linx used other operators to supplement its own fleet for jet card customers as needed. Its program offers guaranteed availability and fixed one-way pricing, as well as roundtrip discounts. Jet Linx holds the highest safety ratings from IS-BAO, Wyvern, and Argus.

In the interview, Jamie Walker, CEO of Jet Linx said business is now back to within 10% of pre-COVID levels. He said the company currently has about 2,400 jet card members and 115 aircraft under management.

Jet Linx is the latest jet card seller to say that deposits for jet cards bought before year’s end will yield FET free flights until the balance runs down.

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