State uses private flights to slash air travel costs |
News from Atlanta Journal Constitution:

State employees are flying less and Georgia taxpayers are expected to save more than $ 2 million a year as a result of a change in air-travel policy Gov. Nathan Deal made.

Deal grounded state-owned airplanes and moved most official government air travel to charter-based services. The state moved in 2011 to begin selling its fixed-wing aircraft and contracted with three private charter companies, a change that is on track to lower state flight times by nearly 70 percent.

The move to private flights is part of a larger effort to streamline state employee travel, which costs taxpayers nearly $ 100 million a year.

Deal’s office began a review of state travel in 2011 and found Georgia was doing little to leverage its buying power, lacked a comprehensive travel policy and had few ways to audit and monitor expenses.

While the bulk of the state’s travel costs come from mileage reimbursements and car rentals, air travel represented a chance to strike a high-profile blow for cost savings, Bart Gobeil, Deal’s chief operating officer, said.

Georgia constitutional officers, top lawmakers and other high-ranking state officials are allowed to make flights at state expense for official business only.

In 2009, Gov. Sonny Perdue and the General Assembly created the Georgia Aviation Authority to manage the state’s fleet of aircraft and to give agen…………… continues on Atlanta Journal Constitution

… Read the full article
Related News:

The new normal for air travel
News from Idaho Business Review:

by Anne Wallace Allen

Idaho Business Review

Published: December 17,2012

11:27 am Mon, December 17, 2012

When you’re sitting in an airport for five hours waiting for a connecting flight, it’s easy to think Boise’s commercial air service needs to be improved, and quickly. With few direct flights out of Boise to points east, long hauls to the East Coast become a harrowing odyssey.

But as it turns out, things really aren’t that bad. While Boise has definitely lost many direct flights over the last several years, the reality is that most other similarly sized airports have, too.

That’s hardly a tonic for anyone who wants to fly to New England without making a connection (or two, or three). But it’s a step in the right direction for economic development officials who want…………… continues on Idaho Business Review

… Read the full article

Understanding Niche Marketing
A Complete Step By Step Course For Finding Profitable Niche Markets – Fast!
Understanding Niche Marketing