Dec. 18, 2019

General aviation airports, such as Michigan’s Jackson County Airport – Reynolds Field (JXN), provide a clear advantage for business aircraft operators who base there, and to local businesses that welcome transient traffic in to close the next deal.

“Airports our size make it more affordable for business aviation operators to get into, or stay in business aviation,” said airport Manager Juan C. Zapata. “We maintain competitive fuel prices and try to minimize FBO charges. We fully understand that business aviation can offer a company efficiency and confidentiality, so we make sure those users of JXN feel welcome.”

The airport serves the area between Lansing, Battle Creek and Ann Arbor, and has a control tower that reported 41,202 operations in 2018. An August 2019 economic impact report published by the Michigan Department of Transportation Office of Aeronautics showed that JXN contributed more than $35 million to the local economy and generated 197 jobs in Jackson County.

Zapata, a 2,000-hour pilot with commercial, single and multi-engine land, instrument and CFI ratings, explained that while JXN is used regularly by business aircraft operators, it’s also vital to those using the nearby Michigan International Speedway, which is located in the county.

“We know that businesses rely on their aircraft to facilitate advancing their business reach, from visiting factories and plants to being able to meet with clients at their office,” he said. “Our FBO, Skyway Aviation, is capable of handling any business aircraft that can land in our 5,350 ft long grooved runway, and because our airport used to have airline service prior to deregulation, we have very nice facilities with a pilot lounge, a restaurant and a separate and private entrance and exit.”

Zapata recently requested the No Plane No Gain campaign’s slide presentation titled, “Business Aviation: It Works for America,” to share with the local community and highlight the airport’s importance to the region. View the presentation.

Learn more about JXN.