An air taxi is a small passenger or cargo aircraft that operates on-demand, without regularly scheduled flights. An air taxi service 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.
Air taxis 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 travellers rely on an air taxi 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, an air taxi service 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 taxi 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.)