Small, Mighty & Beneath the Friendliest Skies
Written by Kathy Witt
You know the drill: Arrive two hours before your flight at the airport’s security checkpoint. Get funneled into a long, crowded line. Unburden yourself of shoes, belt, jacket, laptop and anything else TSA tells you to remove. Step into the glass body scanning box for your close-up – and we do mean close-up! Put all your clothes back on. Repack your bag. Arrive at your gate harried and irritable, only to discover the gate has been changed or your flight has been delayed (or worse!) cancelled.
Now, close your eyes and imagine this: Breeze into the airport a few minutes before take-off time. Hand your bag off to the pilot. Step aboard your private jet. Sink into a clean and cushy seat. (Go ahead: Stretch out your legs.) No hassles. No headaches.
The Georgetown-Scott County Regional Airport, also known as Marshall Field, is located five miles east of Georgetown. Operations began nearly 30 years ago in 1993 with a 4,000-foot runway and one 80 by 100 hanger – and no income.
Today, the airport is valued at over $20 million and generates over $1.3 million. It has a 5,500-foot runway with a parallel taxiway, plus three instrument approaches and a high intensity lighting system. Four T-hanger buildings each store eleven aircraft. Two air charter operations are located on the field. And maintenance equipment is capable of maintaining the runway and premises in all kinds of weather.
Private jet service is offered to a variety of major cities, each less than an hour and a half flight away: Chicago, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Charlotte, Atlanta, Memphis, St. Louis. Pilots are experienced; aircraft is up to date, meeting all FAA and factory standards; prices are competitive; and, perhaps best of all, departure and arrival times are scheduled around you.
“Flying out of this airport is a lot easier and quicker, and our prices are very good,” said Martin Thomas, chairman of the airport’s Board of Directors.
In fact, Georgetown’s airport is small but mighty and brings in lots of travelers.
As Thomas noted, “Corporate America doesn’t come to town on a Greyhound bus. Any businesses that operate in the region utilize the airport.”
But it’s for leisure travelers, too.
Regardless of the reason, travelers flying out of the Georgetown-Scott County Regional Airport can expect a level of excellence and personal service typically not found at commercial airports.
According to Thomas, this airport is so good at its job that it has become an example for other regional airports of what a good general aviation airport can be.
It is a safe, reliable alternative to the long lines and delayed flights many travelers experience when flying commercial. It allows flyers to get to their destination at a time convenient to them and with ease – and in maximum comfort. (Hey, there’s even room for your golf clubs.)
The Georgetown-Scott County Regional Airport is open seven days a week. Hours: 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday through Friday; 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturdays; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sundays. Closed Christmas Day. Learn more about private jet options by visiting www.flygeorgetown.com/travel-information or calling 502-863-6320.
Author: Kathryn Witt
Kathryn Witt is an award-winning travel and lifestyle writer, syndicated columnist and author of several books, including Secret Cincinnati, The Secret of the Belles and Atlanta Georgia: A Photographic Portrait. A member of SATW, Authors Guild and the Society of Children’s Books & Illustrators, she lives in northern Kentucky.