Sizing up the landscape of commercial-airline service for 2009 and 2010 can make any meeting manager a little queasy. While fares have slid from mid-2008, when oil prices spiked dramatically, the number of flights and overall seat capacity have taken a nosedive. Suddenly it's a given that you might not find enough seats into a destination at a certain time, forcing attendees to spend hours — or perhaps the night — at a layover destination.
Chartering an aircraft for meeting or incentive groups can make good sense. And you might be surprised at the price.