“We are very blessed to have the flight and financial results we have seen,” said Tryp President Elliot Mintzer, a Plant City resident. “The past 12 months have shown that our presence is very welcomed, and that has translated into our sales team consistently booking hundreds of hours monthly.”
The charter service flies the Pilatus PC12 turboprop aircraft, which seats up to eight passengers in a cabin that is considered larger than a mid-sized jet and for half the hourly cost.
The Pilatus PC12 can climb to 28,000 feet and travels at 300 mph, making trips to Dallas, Chicago, Washington, D.C., and other cities accessible.
“It’s not just for the rich and famous, it is affordable,” Mintzer said. He said the price for a seat is comparable to a first-class ticket on a commercial airline at $6,300 for up to eight passengers for a day trip. The price increases for overnight or weekly stays.
September marked its one-year anniversary, and business activity is at record levels, according to a prepared anniversary announcement. Tryp has been booking over the industry average and in some months setting new records.
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Mintzer purchased Indianapolis-based Tryp Air Charter LLC in April 2019 prior to adding departures from Lakeland. The company was founded in 1973. Tryp now provides business and personal travel across the Southeast as well as the Indianapolis area. The air charter now offers service at more than 5,500 airports across the country.
“Most travel is within the Southeast with a fair amount of weekend travel to the Bahamas, the Keys or 30A,” said Mintzer, comparing its leisure business to renting a beach house for the weekend.
Another aspect of the company’s growth involves strategic alliances with other operators of the Pilatus PC12 for Tryp passengers wanting to connect to flights for destinations across North America. Previously:Lakeland officials to consider purchasing 101.5 acres for Southwest park
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Mintzer said airline delays, the Delta variant, and media reports of aggressive passengers on commercial airlines have all contributed to recent increases in bookings with charter airlines. According to the National Business Aviation Association, an industry group, the business aircraft industry supports 1 million jobs and drives more than $200 billion in economic activity each year in addition to providing humanitarian aid nationwide.
In the NBAA’s Fact Book, business aviation has achieved a 40% reduction in carbon emissions over the past 40 years with sustainability innovations. Hubbard added that the industry has made a serious and lasting investment in sustainable aviation fuels, which hold the promise of offsetting aircraft carbon emissions by as much as 80%. According to NBAA spokesperson, Dan Hubbard, during the pandemic as flights initially reduced by 50% nationwide, aid flights were flown to get doctors and equipment into rural locations, and some aviation businesses repurposed their production lines to make personal protective equipment.