My two centsOctober 14 2001 at 6:23 AM
|Gunnar Emausson |
Response to thankx
Let me start by saying that I'm not really a specialist on air transport, i.e. matters like chartering aircraft etc. are not in my field. My specialty is air navigation, which deals with operations and airworthiness, air traffic management, airside ground infrastructure, accident investigation and prevention, aeronautical information services, etc. But I'll nevertheless give my two cents worth..............
My feeling is that if an aircraft were to be chartered, it would mean lots of headaches for the person(s) involved in managing this, unless it were a real professional in the travel business with good business contacts in North America as well as in the Philippines. Perhaps planning this via a travel agency would be slightly higher in price, but the financial risks involved in chartering an aeroplane should not be underestimated. Doing this via a travel agency would most likely also make possible some flexibility, which could be an advantage. Everyone would not necessarily have to make the return trip at the same time. And since not all Paetenians have their entire family in Paete or even in Laguna, but many have in-laws and friends all over the Philippines, I'm sure that a good number of people would need to stay longer than others in order to fulfil their social obligations to their kinfolk in other locations.
But organizing this via a travel agency, and enquiring with several companies in order to create some competition, would not cost an awful lot more than chartering, IMHO.