How A Nineteen-Year-Old Redesigned The Domestic Airline System

Matt Voska created Flytenow which offers a low cost and eco-friendly way to travel in New England.

Dubbed hitchhiking in the air, Flytenow is a service that matches pilots of small planes with people who want to ditch major airlines and experience the thrill of riding in such close quarters.

The exciting new platform, launched last week by 19-year-old Northeastern University student and pilot Matt Voska who’s also currently using his dorm room as the headquarters, enables pilots to split the per-hour flight cost with users. Voska explains, “As an example, a roundtrip adventure from Boston’s Hanscom Field to Martha’s Vineyard in a Cessna 172 may cost around $100 per person.”

The service is starting around the New England area however he aims to roll it out further once he has more people on board. Pilots with their own aircraft, certified by the FAA, can be added to the database and interested candidates can apply for exclusive membership via the website. Once verified, they’ll then be put on a waiting list after stating which areas they’re interested in covering. Users can also search for available ventures and stay up to date with the company’s newsletter. Users sign up for free, however Voska aims to make money by taking a small percentage of the transaction made each time a pilot links up with a flying enthusiast.

With backing from Dorm Room Fund, this idea could revolutionise the way we travel. Short-haul, shared flights could overtake other means of transport such as trains and coaches, especially if the cost works out less.

Voska explains his enthusiasm for the idea, “”It’s a real barrier to entry to get into it, if you don’t have family, or know someone’s who is a pilot. We want more people to have access to this experience. We think it’s amazing.”

Flytenow

Sources: Fastcoexist, Bizjournals

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