Flexjet is to open three additional private jet terminals at Opa-Locka Executive airport in Miami, Bozeman Yellowstone International airport in Montana and Scottsdale airport in Arizona, bringing its total within the US to eight. The Miami terminal also will serve as the seasonal hub for Flexjet's south Florida helicopter service.
“More people than ever are electing to travel by private aircraft. Expanding our private terminals in top locations ensures a more intimate experience for our owners,” says chief experience officer Megan Wolf. “This increase in traffic means the large general aviation FBOs in popular departure and arrival points are more hectic than in the past. Flexjet's owners-only lounges offer comfort and amenities to ease the transition from the jet to your final destination.”
Flexjet's expanded private jet terminal network is part of a larger commitment by the company to build out its physical infrastructure. This includes one of private aviation's largest and most diverse aircraft fleets, its largest controlled maintenance network and a global operations control centre slated to open in 2023. Together, they offer a unique global aviation infrastructure system that helps meet fast-growing demand.
Flexjet's Opa-Locka Executive airport private jet terminal is expected to be the first of the new terminals to open. Located at the general aviation airport nearest to downtown Miami, the new facility bolsters the support services provided by fixed base operators at the airport and offers Flexjet owners a wide range of additional amenities. These include fully stocked bar and café stations, high-speed wi-fi access, modern conference rooms and dedicated concierges.
The Miami terminal also will serve as the seasonal hub for Flexjet's south Florida helicopter service, which has begun for the 2023 winter season. Flexjet launched its helicopter division to provide last-mile transport for owners of Flexjet aircraft travelling from airports to their final destinations, a door-to-door travel solution. Flexjet owners and passengers will be able to travel directly from the landing of their Flexjet aircraft to their final south Florida destinations, avoiding local traffic and delays. In addition, these Sikorsky S-76 super mid-sized helicopters have a range of up to 300 nautical miles.
Flexjet owners and passengers will also be able to use its helicopter service to access additional locations within the region such as the many entertainment, sports and lifestyle venues. The service is provided with the Sikorsky S-76, a respected and long running production helicopter with a heritage of more than 40 years and 7.5 million hours of safe flight.
Flexjet private helicopter division president Eli Flint says: “Industrywide, there has been little integrated connection yet between fixed wing operations and urban air mobility. A journey isn't just from one airport to another; it should go beyond that to enable a passenger to access off-airport destinations or even airports too small for jets. By definition, a helicopter's utility transports passengers faster, closer and more directly to the final destination. Flexjet's innovative helicopter service will provide a complementary step that will save travellers time and add convenience.”
In addition to the upcoming location in Miami and an existing south Florida terminal at Naples airport in Florida, Flexjet offers private jet terminals at high-demand destinations including New Jersey's Teterboro airport; Westchester County airport in White Plains, New York; Dallas Love Field in Texas; and Van Nuys airport in Los Angeles, California.