This week, Floridians will be able to fly from their hometowns to Florida in their own private jets.
The first private jet service in Florida, which opened Monday, is being billed as a way to travel “at your own pace, and to the same destinations and on the same routes as you do now.”
This will be the first private flight from the Sunshine State to Florida since the start of the 2010 Gulf Coast Airlift Program, which brought hundreds of thousands of people to the Sunshine state.
The airline, which will fly people from as far away as New York City, Chicago, and Los Angeles, says the service will provide “high-value destinations and affordable flights.”
The first flight will depart from Orlando International Airport at 6:45 p.m.
Florida Governor Rick Scott, who has championed the private flight program, tweeted on Monday, “It’s about time we took private jets to the next level.
A new era is dawning.”
The service is being run by an aviation consultant, and the company will be using an “advanced technology” to ensure the safety of the pilots and passengers.
“The journey is the destination,” said Rob Kroll, the CEO of Airfarewatchdog.com, a travel industry watchdog group.
“It is the ultimate experience.”
Rick Scott (@GovernorScott) March 10, 2019 Florida is known for its beaches, but the state’s economy is struggling, with unemployment at 7.9 percent.
In Florida, there are about 1.5 million people living in poverty, and one in four residents is living below the poverty line.
But according to a report released by the Economic Policy Institute, Florida ranks third in the country for poverty among the states with populations over 100,000, and only about a quarter of Floridans are making $20,000 a year.
The report also found that Florida ranks 25th for the percentage of Floridian workers making less than $30,000 per year, which includes part-time workers and people with disabilities.