According to FBO KaiserAir, business jet traffic at Oakland International Airport has increased at least 25 percent since September 11. KaiserAir’s charter service has jumped a like amount, with inquiries up by at least 50 percent, said company v-p Sandy Waters. He attributes the explosion in business jet travel to security concerns about airlines and the added time and inconvenience required to comply with security procedures at airline airports. Also, airlines have cut back on service by an estimated 20 percent, further reducing their effectiveness in comparison to business aircraft.
Waters said, “Smart businesses have always turned to private business jets because the savings in time translate into significant savings in dollars.” KaiserAir manages more than 14 business jets for San Francisco Bay-area corporations and private owners. Its charter operation fields a total of nine bizjets.