AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) - From Tiger Woods to CEOs of Fortune 500 companies, thousands of people are coming into the CSRA this week. They're traveling by car, plane - you name it - to witness the Masters Tournament.
We went on a tour Thursday of some of the private jets that are responsible for transporting the big names into the Augusta area.
"This week we have about 80 flights coming in and out, which is why we have the support we do on the ground," said Regional Sales Director of Flight Options, Mike McCafferty.
It's a multi-billion-dollar industry that gives passengers a luxury ride in the friendly skies.
"Private aviation, it covers a lot of sectors in this country, equipment manufactures or United States U.S. companies," McCafferty said. "Flex Jet brand is a combined company owned by directional aviation. We have a fleet of 150 airplanes and service about 4,000 clients."
Flying private is very popular amongst many high-profile celebrities and athletes. They say flying commercial doesn't come close to the privacy of your own jet, but that does come at a hefty price.
"Cost benefit analysis for flying commercial is the numbers really don't add up," McCafferty said. "What you're buying in our model is convenience, and obviously if you can afford to fly private, your time is valuable. What we afford is a very high-touch service."
Private jets like these cost anywhere between $12 million and $65 million. And McCafferty says that these jets are responsible for bringing half of your celebrities and half of your golfers here for Masters week.
"I will tell you that there's probably a handful of golfers out on the course right now," McCafferty said.
McCafferty said that planning for big events such as the Masters is done months in advance to ensure a smooth process in handling such high volume.