Arizona airfields provide refuge for jets grounded by travel shutdown

Pinal Airpark | April 26, 2020

Hundreds of airliners idled by the coronavirus pandemic’s impact on the travel industry and other circumstances crowd a southern Arizona airfield where workers are trying to make room for even more aircraft that may not take to the skies again soon. Pinal Airpark just off Interstate 10 between Casa Grande and Tucson, as of last week was providing storage space for approximately 270 aircraft, and manager Jim Petty said most of them were there because of the pandemic.
About 250 miles (402 kilometers) away in northwestern Arizona, officials at Kingman Municipal Airport hopes to also attract some of the plane-storage business as airlines ground more aircraft and move others to longer-term storage locations.

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Over the past decade, procurement and finance increasingly have driven the processes, metrics, and contracts for corporate managed travel services. Savings have dominated the focus for most travel managers in recent years as companies sought to stretch travel dollars as far as possible during and after the last recession.

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Over the past decade, procurement and finance increasingly have driven the processes, metrics, and contracts for corporate managed travel services. Savings have dominated the focus for most travel managers in recent years as companies sought to stretch travel dollars as far as possible during and after the last recession.

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