Elevate your Summer Travel Blog Series: Episode 1: Private Travel TrendsJune 6, 2023
Welcome to our exciting new blog series: “Elevate Your Summer Travel”! At HeliFlite, we understand the importance of luxurious and seamless travel experiences, and this series aims to provide you with valuable insights into the world of private helicopter transportation. In this four-part series, we will delve into multiple topics, including:
- • The latest private travel trends
- • A guide on what to look for when choosing a helicopter operator
- • An introduction to the exceptional HeliFlite team
- • A showcase of some of our favorite charter locations in the Northeast
Whether you’re a seasoned helicopter enthusiast or a first-time flyer, join us on this journey as we explore the possibilities that await you when you choose the higher standard. Get ready to take your summer travel to new heights!
The Great New York Traffic Gridlock: Time to Rethink the Urban Commute?
New York is the worst city for congestion in the US, with drivers crawling at a mere 12 miles per hour during peak times, according to the TomTom Traffic Index. The annual report reveals that in 2022 it took motorists nearly 25 minutes on average to travel just six miles – a 90-second increase from 2021 when workers began returning to the office after COVID-19 shutdowns. This means New Yorkers spend a staggering 236 hours – equivalent to 10 full days – each year trapped in rush-hour traffic. On a larger scale, AAA expected 2 million more drivers on the roads this Memorial Day Weekend than the 35.1 million drivers last MDW. With such overwhelming evidence, it’s clear that New Yorkers need a better solution to escape the city’s chaotic congestion.
The Rise of Suburb Growth and Its Impact on Commuting Patterns
The surge in suburb growth has become a significant trend in the past couple of years, as individuals increasingly move away from densely populated city centers to more spacious and affordable suburban areas. This shift, which began during the early stages of the pandemic, has continued to gain momentum, with approximately two million individuals leaving America’s major cities between 2020 and 2022.
As this pattern persists, it raises questions about the future of urban planning, infrastructure development, and the evolving landscape of work-life balance in a post-pandemic world. Despite the appeal of suburban living, many of these individuals still need to commute to the city for work, leading to an increased demand for efficient and reliable transportation options.
Soaring High: The Rise of Private Aviation
As New Yorkers see a greater need to commute from suburbs and areas like Hudson Valley and the Hamptons and seek relief from worsening traffic, private aviation is experiencing a remarkable boom with projected global revenue of $8.46 billion by 2024. A Resonance Consultancy survey reveals that the wealthiest 5% embark on an average of 14.3 trips annually, balancing business and leisure. Luxury travelers have propelled the industry to new heights following pandemic-related disruptions, surpassing 2019 levels. According to Virtuoso, a global travel agency network, travel sales in 2023 are pacing at 47% higher than in 2019, a record-breaking year for travel. These top 7 reasons sum up why ultra-high net worth consumers and business travelers are choosing to take travel into their own hands:
1. Personalized, tailor-made itineraries
Unique experiences that cater to their exact preferences
2. Private travel experiences
Luxury travelers are choosing private transportation away from the crowds
3. Smart technology and high-end amenities
Those who invest in technology and customization, providing personalized service and cutting-edge amenities, will attract discerning travelers
4. Curated experiences
Ultra-high net worth clientele seek exclusive access to tailored travel experiences
5. Flexibility of Travel
Allow customers to travel on their own schedule
6. Frictionless Travel
Remove the aggravation of travel and replace it with convenience
HeliFlite: Your Flexible, Private Charter Solution to Beat New York Traffic and Reclaim Your Time
HeliFlite is a premier private helicopter charter service serving the tri-state area. We offer unparalleled benefits for discerning travelers seeking flexibility, comfort, and luxury. With all charters being dual-piloted, HeliFlite ensures its passengers’ utmost safety and security. The on-demand charter service allows clients to enjoy the freedom of traveling on their own schedule, eliminating the stress of adhering to commercial flight timetables or other shared-seat helicopter charter providers. In addition, HeliFlite’s commitment to personalized service extends to in-flight amenities and catering, allowing passengers to indulge in their favorite culinary delights while soaring through the skies. By choosing HeliFlite, travelers can experience luxury, efficiency, and safety, making every journey exceptional.
Carolyn Caretti Marino