it's only 5.5 hours. you spend that much time getting to airport, checking in, getting searched, waiting to board, deal with delays, waiting to take off, flying, landing, finding luggage, leaving airport....and most of that for himgoing on while having to deal with people who want to talk to you, take your picture, watch you take a piss in the bathroom, and try to get your autograph.
i don't blame him. airports are a hassle. i hate them. they were fun for me for a while but it's easy to get burned out on them. when it's a short flight it makes a lot more sense to just drive, imo.
that does make more sense in some ways. And even with his salary a private plane could feel like an expense. But the way the article reads it sounds like he was making round trips a few times a week which just sounds awful. Even in a big cushy automobile.