Corporate jets descend on Lou. for Derby


by Claudia Coffey

Posted on May 2, 2013 at 6:33 PM

Updated Thursday, May 2 at 9:24 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- This is the busiest time of the year for corporate jets, descending on Louisville for the Kentucky Derby.

The pricey private planes are bringing in everyone from business owners to celebrities.

When it comes to Derby,  many arrive in style, aboard a Cessna corporate jet.

At Atlantic Aviation, near the airport, the tarmac was buzzing with private jets shuttling in Derby guests.

"It will be very hectic now through midday Saturday as guests arrive," John Lewis with Cessna said.

WHAS11's Reed Yadon is a pilot, and knows the area where high rollers are rolling in.

"As the weekend goes on, they use one of the runways back here and close it off. And aircraft will be parked nose to tail, just hundreds of them," Yadon said.

For many, this is the way to come and go for Derby, costing anywhere from $3 million to $25 million.

The Cessna planes sit six to 10 people and cut down on travel time drastically.

"Someone in L.A. can leave at 7 or 8 o'clock and in three hours time they can be here and be at the track and start to enjoy their festivities. And when it's all over with on Saturday afternoon they can be back in their home city in time for evening dinner," Lewis said.

The Kentucky Derby ranks only behind the Superbowl and the Masters when it comes to the largest number of corporate jets descending on a city.