““When I made the film The Invention of Lying, they gave me a private jet for getting back and forth between New York and London. I thought, ‘I will never use it’ but I ended up using it every weekend. You turn up, right, and the airport is completely empty. I mean, there’s just someone at the desk and then the pilot, who says, ‘Are you ready to go?’ and you say, ‘Don’t you want to see my passport?’ and he goes, ‘Oh yeah, I suppose I’d better.’” ”
By the Numbers: The bizav airport advantage
Supporters of business aviation often point out that there are more than 5,000 airports in the U.S. that are accessible by general aviation aircraft. But that figure includes everything from large international airline hubs to tiny grass strips. For a better comparison, we compiled a list of airports that are suitable for use by business jets and turboprops-those with paved runways that are 4,000 feet or longer. The full list includes 2,787 airports. Of these, only 128 are large, medium and small hub airports used by airlines. Not shown in the figures below are airports in U.S. territories.