Short Haul Flights
An air taxi is a small passenger or cargo aircraft that operates on-demand, without regularly scheduled flights. This service is typically more affordable than the cost of flying privately or commercially. This is because air taxis generally handle short haul flights and charge by flight time instead of by the seat. They are also are governed by Federal Aviation Regulations (FAR) Part 135. Commercial aviation, on the other hand, is governed by FAR Part 121.
Air taxis tend to consist of single and multi-engine aircraft, as opposed to charter aircraft that typically use jet- or turbine-powered engines. One of the main reasons travelers rely on them is time. For people in a hurry, it’s much quicker to take short haul flights on a plane than it would be to use ground transportation.
In some instances, these kinds of short haul flights might be the only option because there might not be roads where you’re travelling. For instance, if you’re hopping between islands, or travelling to a remote destination, flying might be the only option. Other advantages of an air taxis include:
- On-demand service lets you schedule where and when you need to travel
- Minimizes airport check-in and security times
- Can eliminate other travel costs (lodging, car rentals etc.)