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Despite stalled growth in China, Brazil and Russia, a wave of newly middle-class travelers from the BRICs and beyond will start visiting international destinations in the coming decades — dwarfing the numbers we’ve seen thus far.
We’re not the bemoaning the troubles of private jet owners, but the situation does highlight the imbalance between the rise in luxury travel and the lack of infrastructure improvements.
For some, a private jet is merely a tool for getting around, a tool that keeps getting bigger and faster. But even today’s jets—some of which cover 7,000 nautical miles on a single tank of gas—have a problem that they can’t master: traffic.
Indeed, the litany of potential headaches is only growing for the jet-setting set, as these fleets are increasingly flying to locales that don’t have enough parking places, hangar space or landing times.
“We’re all competing for airspace and parking space,” says Lex den Herder, vice president of government and industry affairs for Universal Weather and Aviation, a Houston-based trip-management company.