In line with an aggressive growth plan for 2023 and beyond, Tradewind Aviation (TJ, Oxford, CT) has announced it is expanding to the US Southeast with the September opening of a new aircraft base near West Palm Beach International in Florida.

The company, in a statement, said this followed several recent growth developments, including its purchase of 20 new PC-12 NGX and the addition of a new hangar at Poughkeepsie in Poughkeepsie, New York, Tradewind's opening of a Florida base reflects the continued rise in demand for private charter services and regional connectivity. As reported, the purchase made Tradewind Aviation one of the largest operators of PC-12s for private charter.

"As Tradewind broadens its operations, the addition of a Southeast base marks a strategic move by Tradewind to bolster its presence in key emerging national markets and enhance its ability to offer guests private charter solutions throughout the region and between the US and The Bahamas. Tradewind's new Florida base will also prove a strong economic driver in and around the Palm Beach area while broadening its recruitment opportunities for pilots, ground crew operations, and more – a crucial consideration as the aviation industry continues to face labour shortages," the carrier said.

The new base will host a fleet of Pilatus Aircraft turboprops for ad-hoc regional charters on an occupied rate pricing model, which means clients pay only for the time they fly, with no reposition fees.

"With over 20 years of operation, our move into the Southeast will be a big advantage for us and further elevate the Tradewind offering," commented co-founder and Chief Executive Officer Eric Zipkin. The company also operates Textron Aviation (Wichita Cessna Aircraft Field) Cessna Citation CJ3s.

Founded in 2001, Tradewind Aviation has been operating for 22 years in the US Northeast and 18 years in the Caribbean, operating private charters and scheduled services to destinations such as Nantucket, Martha's Vineyard, Newport State, RI, Saint Barthélemy, Anguilla, and Antigua.