Gradually aviation growth presents a number of challenges for business aviation at Pula Airport and, this is a specific time for changes. The economic, social and geographical conditions are diverse, new Aeroprofil business model should be rapidly implemented for use in Istria peninsula. As a result, the business aviation segment is growing faster than scheduled aviation segment.
Even though there is relatively small business aviation segment which generates greater unpredicted peaks of needs at Pula Airport than does scheduled aviation generate. Business flight movements on July and August each year apparently is getting to increase due to more intensive operations in these summer months.
Business aviation fills a gap in scheduled aviation timetable and, is not about taking customers in front of scheduled aircraft and flying them in their own aircraft. Vast majority of business flights are between a city pairs and islands. Compared to the main market segments, business aviation is flying from the Pula Airport and, is characterised by a huge number of routes focusing on city pairs where there is no daily scheduled service.
At the Pula Airport, vast majority of the total business aviation flights were concentrated in five countries: Austria, Germany, Italy, Switzerland and United Kingdom.
In context of aircraft types, the Cessna Skyhawk (C172) has taken the largest market share of frequency at Pula Airport in regards to the Cessna Citation (C525) as the top business aviation type of aircraft. The biggest change is the appearance of the Piper PA-31 Navajo (PA31) on the third place.
Business aviation includes some commercial flights, corporate flights or owner operating for business purposes. New opportunity for gradually growth are opening up, turboprop-engine aircraft have the similar range, endurance and speed, ultimately capacity like some business jets and will make business aviation more affordable and available to a much wider travellers. On the other hand, users will have more opportunity to avoid overcrowded airports and, the Pula Airport is a right example of that.
The main reason for taking Aeroprofil business aviation rather than a scheduled service is that it takes the customer from the nearest airport to their starting point to the nearest airport to their destination. This saves time in ground transfers and in aircraft changes.
An hour in a turbo-prop might cost €3000, a jet €4000, but if you are a large multinational company needing frequent transfers of staff between offices in cities that are not linked by scheduled services, if you need rapid access to a once-a-year event, or if you have factories to visit where labour costs are low and transport infrastructure less developed, then the business case can be made.
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(Owner of Aeroprofil)