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OPERATIONS
AUTHOR Ashley Bouzianis

General Aviation IS HELPING SUPPORT
&Prop Up Tourism IN SPECIFIC MARKETS,
HOW

Data shows a hopeful pattern for general aviation

THE SHORT-TERM future of aviation is impossible to predict with
consideration to the global Coronavirus pandemic. It has outlasted even
the devastating effect 9/11 had on the industry - which saw a timeline
of slow, steady recovery. The subsequent spikes of COVID-19 are causing
ebbs and flows of consumer confidence in travel.
Particularly for isolated markets
that depend on tourism, like the Virgin
Islands, it has been challenging for the
local economies to withstand the long
road back to normalcy. However, in
the aftermath of COVID-19 surges,
data shows a hopeful pattern of

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
ASHLEY BOUZIANIS

Ashley Bouzianis is the marketing director
at Standard Aviation, the luxury FBO
on St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands.
She was honored as the top woman in
Caribbean aviation in 2019, receiving
the Sapphire Pegasus Business Aviation
Award. Bouzianis also serves on the World
Fuel Services Air Elite Board of Directors.

general aviation far less reduced than
commercial aviation.
Statistics from NetJets show that
commercial flights in September were
down 57 percent year over year, while
business aviation flights were only down
12 percent. For travelers who were
previously on the fence about f lying
private, the Coronavirus pandemic
and minimizing the risk of exposure
has tipped the scales. Companies
and individuals who can afford it
are chartering f lights versus staying
grounded.
According to a WINGX COVID19 impact report from mid-November,
" business aviation activity continues to
be much more resilient than scheduled
airlines. " As a worldwide rollout of

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COVID-19 vaccines is underway,
charters continue to gain appeal for those
who desire to continue f lying. Some
passengers travel for medical treatments
or visit ailing family members - trips
that cannot await the pandemic's end.
Watching this trend toward general
aviation first-hand is the Standard
Aviation team, a fixed-base operator
on St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin
Islands, and part of the Air Elite network
under World Fuel Services. Opening
the largest free-span building in the
Caribbean in July, they saw the mega
yacht community remain in the region
far beyond their regular season - versus
repositioning to the Mediterranean.
While hurricane season was quiet, as
usual, the 2020-2021 tourism high



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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of januaryfebruary2021

Inside the Fence: Genesis by Necessity
Industry Update
How General Aviation is Helping Support Commercial Aviation and Prop Up Tourism in Specific Markets, Amid COVID-19 Resurgences
Pioneering PCAs in Salt Lake City
FBOs in a Post-Pandemic World
Clearing the Air on HVAC
Totally Boggus: Catch the Plane!
Legal Matters: Is Your Airport Leasehold Taxable?
A Clean and Clear Future
Passenger Experience in the Time of COVID-19
Don't Leave Hygiene Up in the Air
Airport Guru: Airport Development 101: Will an Investment be Profitable?
Product Profile: Stress Test
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januaryfebruary2021 - Inside the Fence: Genesis by Necessity
januaryfebruary2021 - Industry Update
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januaryfebruary2021 - 8
januaryfebruary2021 - 9
januaryfebruary2021 - How General Aviation is Helping Support Commercial Aviation and Prop Up Tourism in Specific Markets, Amid COVID-19 Resurgences
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januaryfebruary2021 - 13
januaryfebruary2021 - Pioneering PCAs in Salt Lake City
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januaryfebruary2021 - FBOs in a Post-Pandemic World
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januaryfebruary2021 - Clearing the Air on HVAC
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januaryfebruary2021 - Totally Boggus: Catch the Plane!
januaryfebruary2021 - Legal Matters: Is Your Airport Leasehold Taxable?
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januaryfebruary2021 - A Clean and Clear Future
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januaryfebruary2021 - Passenger Experience in the Time of COVID-19
januaryfebruary2021 - 35
januaryfebruary2021 - Don't Leave Hygiene Up in the Air
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januaryfebruary2021 - Airport Guru: Airport Development 101: Will an Investment be Profitable?
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januaryfebruary2021 - Product Profile: Stress Test
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