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Economic Opportunities

Throughout history, our nation’s centers of economy have been driven by the force of our transportation infrastructure. In the 21st century, the opportunity is emerging for democratized travel in three-dimensional air space, far beyond the constraints of the existing hub-and-spoke airport and interstate highway system.

One of the key elements in business recruitment and retention is affordable direct air transportation. Small airports, with industries located near by, will drive the next major wave of economic activity in transportation. INSATS is developing an effective methodology to measure the economic impact of small airports and the role of aviation in economic development. It should ultimately demonstrate that communities which promote their small airports and protect them from incompatible land uses are more prosperous than communities that don’t support their small airports.

The research completed by INSATS will help Indiana in its efforts to increase business recruitment, retention, and expansion — resulting in more jobs and job security. On-demand air travel will unleash the full potential of the Information Age’s effect on the standard of living and quality of life by distributing economic opportunities in more equitable ways throughout the nation’s smaller and rural communities.

NextGen allows travelers to use aircraft and community airports as an alternative to commercial aviation and automobile travel.  The economic development opportunities are threefold. First there is the business opportunity for companies to provide air taxi and air charter services, fractional ownership, small package delivery service, mobile emergency medical treatment and personal, business and tourist travel. In the future, businesses will replace sales forces that drive around their region with sales forces that fly around their region. The second economic development opportunity will be for service providers. Once you get to your destination airport the traveler will expect car rental, food service, refueling, conference facilities, etc. And the third economic development opportunity will arise from the industrial growth around NextGen airports.”