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GLI’s Regional Air Coalition Secures More Non-Stop Flights for Louisville

6/9/2016 01:11:37 PM

For Immediate Release:  June 9, 2016

(Louisville) -   Greater Louisville Inc. and its Regional Air Coalition, in conjunction with the Louisville Regional Airport Authority (LRAA), are happy to announce that OneJet is expanding its operations to Louisville International Airport (SDF) with daily direct flights to Pittsburgh beginning July 18th.  

“Today is an important milestone in the effort to improve business air access in Greater Louisville” said Kent Oyler, President & CEO of Greater Louisville, Inc. “It is rewarding to see the efforts of GLI’s Regional Air Coalition, backed by the business community and EnterpriseCorp, begin to improve air travel options.  We expect that additional investors will step up and help secure more direct flights.”

This announcement is the first fruit of discussions between the parties that began in early 2016. In February, GLI’s Economic Development team on behalf of the Regional Air Coalition surveyed 1,300 business representatives on their travel needs.  The survey included a number of suggested destinations, and the top cities identified were Pittsburgh, New Orleans, Kansas City, Raleigh, and Jacksonville. 

“The Airport Authority was pleased to assist GLI and business leaders in this effort to expand non-stop flight options,” Skip Miller, Executive Director of LRAA said. “Anytime we can target and better serve our community’s businesses it’s a win-win for Louisville.” 

OneJet provides nonstop air service in medium volume regional markets, specifically tailored to meet the needs of corporate travel programs and general business travelers.  The Company's base model is built around not only a service focus to heavily demanded markets but also partnership with local civic and corporate investors.  With additional investment in OneJet from the Louisville business community and private investors, more direct flights are planned to Raleigh, New Orleans and Kansas City.

“We are excited for this opportunity to serve the Louisville market,” Matthew Maquire, CEO of OneJet said. “It’s a thriving community, with strong air markets and exceptional potential growth."

One Jet’s decision to open this initial route to Louisville paves the way for additional service deployment and presents a tremendous opportunity for economic growth,” said Deana Epperly Karem, Vice President of Regional Economic Growth for GLI. “The fact that we are adding this destination, and hopefully others in short order, is going to allow local businesses to travel more easily and open Louisville up to expansion opportunities for companies located elsewhere.”

Quality air service is often identified by companies as one of the most important factors when making a decision to relocate or expand an operation. 

 

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About Greater Louisville Inc.

Greater Louisville Inc. - the Metro Chamber of Commerce is where regional business leaders come together to accelerate business competitiveness, economic growth and job creation in the Greater Louisville region.  The region’s largest business leadership organization, GLI leads economic and global outreach strategies focused on business attraction; nurtures the entrepreneurial eco-system and fast growth companies; and champions the development of the community’s talent base.  As the voice of the business community, GLI advocates for a pro-business environment and facilitates business leadership engagement on issues that impact regional competitiveness.  For more information, visit www.GreaterLouisville.com.

About LRAA

The Louisville Regional Airport Authority is responsible for the operation both Louisville International (SDF) and Bowman Field airports.  Louisville International Airport, served by the nation’s largest airlines, offers daily flights to 21 nonstop destinations in the U.S. and connecting service to 170 international destinations in 79 countries on six continents.  For more information visit www.FlyLouisville.com

About OneJet

One Jet provides nonstop air service in regional markets using seven seat aircraft, primarily serving premium yielding business and corporate travelers. The company’s current corporate clients include FedEx, PNC Bank, PPG Industries, and others.  The company seeks to identify markets wherein no other nonstop competition exists, traffic volumes (relative to its capacity) are substantial, and corporate demand is meaningful. http://onejet.com/