"Productivity is real cost for a business," Conrad said. "Time is money to a lot of people and that's what you are buying -- time -- with charter service." After attempting to get a charter price quote from Blue Star Jets for the same trip, it was discovered a turbo prop aircraft to hold 12 passengers was not available in the service area. The next best option was a heavy jet, which would cost $11,000 to $12,000 for the trip, a charter broker said.
The agent attempted unsuccessfully to find a deal better than Conair's quote. "That's really the best deal considering that fact that it has the capacity for 12 passengers. That's what makes it unique," he said. "If $5,380 is their price, I'm going to call them up and use them."
Conair Charter adds a new dimension of service at the regional airport, which could be the start of more to come, county commissioners said.
"It's just the beginning of a lot of good things that will happen as we develop the airport," said Commissioner Michael Fox. "With the (Ohio) Bypass 4 widening project, there will be a new entrance to the airport from the bypass and with new development around the airport you are going to see more activity. We want to make it easily accessible and that will be beneficial all the way around." Commissioner Gregory Jolivette said Conair's presence could be the first step toward the airport becoming a commuter airline hub.
"It could be something that can lead into more of a commuter stop," he said.
"It will open up a lot of ease for business travelers and it would have a ripple effect for other services." Conair Charter will host an open house from 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday at the airport's terminal building, 2820 Airport Road East. Families and visitors can tour the jet.