Linear Air Now Providing Vermont Business and Leisure Travelers an Alternative to Commercial Air TravelOn Demand Air Travel Company Servicing Vermont Regional AirportsConcord, Mass., September 15, 2008 – The cutback of airline routes and increased fares are fueling travelers search for viable options to traditional travel offerings. Linear Air, a provider of point-to-point air service from the mid-Atlantic region through eastern Canada, makes the travel experience easier and more enjoyable for those traveling to and from Vermont by leaving from and arriving at regional airports.This fall, there will be an estimated 20 million fewer seats on U.S. domestic flights, according to the Official Airline Guide. While the cutbacks are global, the U.S. appears to be bearing the brunt of the downturn, with a 7% decline in September and continued declines in both October and November. In the U.S., 32 airports will lose scheduled air service altogether. Riding on the wave of change in the commercial airline industry, Linear Air is actively promoting its services to Burlington International Airport, Edward F. Knapp State Airport (Barre/Montpelier) and Rutland Regional Airport.”Travelers around the country are rethinking how to get from point A to point B in an efficient way that allows them to maximize their business or vacation schedules,” said Linear Air CEO Bill Herp. “Linear Air recognizes the tremendous opportunity to serve Vermont travelers and ultimately save them frustration and missed business or vacation time resulting from inconvenient travel schedules. We fly where they need to, when they need to, right from a nearby airport.Linear Air serves 10 times more airports than the traditional commercial airlines serve and can provide direct and on-demand service for customers, saving the time, headache and expense of commercial airports. Trips are tailored to meet the needs of business and leisure travelers. Arrival and departure times are based on the customer’s schedule, eliminating time spent waiting in airports and preventing additional hotel costs for overnight stays. Flights are pay-as-you-go and all inclusive, with no baggage or fuel surcharges.About Linear AirBased in Concord, Massachusetts, Linear Air provides point-to-point air taxi service with unprecedented service to more than 750 cities in the Northeast, mid-Atlantic and eastern Canada. The Linear Air fleet includes three-passenger Eclipse E500 business jets and eight-passenger Cessna Grand Caravan turboprops. Linear Air is a FAA-certified part 135 charter operator that maintains a Gold safety rating from ARG/US, the leading independent safety auditor in the aviation industry. For more information, visit www.linearair.com(link is external) or call 1-877-2-LINEAR.
Ridgefield schools bond voteo When: Feb. 14, 2012o Cost: $47 million over 20 years; for households, $1.73 per $1,000 assessed valuation of home.o Pays for: Infrastructure, safety improvements for Ridgefield’s four schools.Eight years ago, when Corwin Beverage searched for a location to build a modern facility with increased storage space for its soft drink distribution business, Ridgefield’s combination of land availability and its location off Interstate 5 sold company officials.Since relocating its facilities from Vancouver and Kelso to Ridgefield in 2003, the company has relied on the area to supply it with entry-level workers, many of whom are fresh out of high school. While not a chief determining factor in Corwin Beverage’s relocation, school district quality remains important to the “blue collar” business — not only does it hire local workers, but it often promotes within, said Heidi Schultz, vice president of human resources.“The schools aren’t going to be a deal-breaker for a distribution warehouse,” she said, “but it’s an attractive benefit.”That’s probably good news for Ridgefield, population 4,763.The city is on the verge of tremendous business and population growth over the next 20 years, thanks to land availability along I-5, officials say. However, the promise of ample space and opportunity along the corridor runs contrary to the realities found in the city’s school district, where facilities are overcrowded, outdated and in desperate need of a facelift, according to school officials.In February, Ridgefield’s school district will attempt to pass a $47 million bond to upgrade its four schools over the next 20 years. If the bond passes, residents would pay $1.73 per $1,000 of assessed valuation on their home.A bond failure would not ultimately slow business growth in Ridgefield any more than the recession already has, but it could cause some companies second thoughts about moving there, Clark County business leaders say. It could also put Ridgefield, which has passed only two school bonds in the past 20 years, at a competitive disadvantage.