Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Major Expansion for DayJet

After a couple of shaky months during the capital-markets crunch (and the layoff of 100 of its 260 employees), the air-taxi start-up DayJet has evidently found some new traction.

DayJet, based in Boca Raton, Fla., said today is will open two new "DayPorts,"-- its main regional airport bases. With the two new bases, it has 14 DayPorts and numerous other secondary locations in Florida and surrounding states.

DayJet flies new Eclipse 500 very-light jets. The new DayPorts are in Orlando and St. Petersburg.

"The rapid contraction of regional transportation options is causing many Southeastern communities to become increasingly isolated," said Ed Iacobucci, the CEO of DayJet, whose strategy is to provide on-demand, per-seat air transport to business travelers whose options -- and patience -- with commercial scheduled air transport are running out.

DayJet says that nowhere is the "crisis" in air transportation more evident than in "short-haul, small and medium-sized markets," including current DayJet markets in Gainesville, Naples, Orlando, Pensacola, Sarasota and St.Petersburg-Clearwater in Florida, and Montgomery, Ala., and Savannah, Ga.

The new Orlando DayPort is at Sheltair Aviation Services at Orlando Executive Airport; the St. Petersburg DayPort is at St. Petersburg-Clearwater-Clearwater DayPort is Sheltair Aviation Services at St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport.


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