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A New Budget Airline Launches on the West Coast

A New Budget Airline Launches on the West Coast
Scott Dylan

You might want to pay attention if you’ve been looking for a cheaper way to get up and down the West Coast. A new airline is launching this fall that promises cheap flights from important cities. The airline is called California Pacific Airlines.

This Carlsbad-based carrier was created for the purpose of connecting tech-heavy and tourism-heavy regions along the West Coast. Fares start at just $99 each way. California Pacific is based out of McClellan-Palomar Airport in Carlsbad. Its small fleet is currently only offering service to a very limited number of destinations.

California Pacific Airlines will begin by offering nonstop flights from Carlsbad to San Jose on Nov. 1. A route from Carlsbad to Las Vegas will then be added on Nov. 15. Carlsbad’s proximity to San Jose means that anyone looking to travel out of that city cheaply now has a new option. However, California’s newest airline isn’t solely focused on serving the Golden State.

California Pacific Airways will also be offering routes to and from cities in other states. For instance, customers can take advantage of a handful of regional routes that take passengers to Pierre and Watertown in South Dakota from Denver. Here is the complete list of cities that will be serviced by California Pacific Airlines when it launches in two months:

  • Carlsbad, California
  • San Jose, California
  • Reno, Nevada
  • Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Phoenix, Arizona
  • Pierre, South Dakota
  • Watertown, South Dakota

Travelers who want to get the best deals from California Pacific Airlines will have to strategize a bit. Booking a ticket at least 21 days prior to a flight’s departure is the surest way to get a very low price. There’s also another incentive for booking early. California Pacific Airlines is running flights that have very limited capacity. In fact, each flight will only offer 50 seats.

That means that competition could be high among deal-hungry travelers. California Pacific currently only utilizes the Embraer ERJ 145 for its routes. This aircraft is designed to transport medium-sized groups of passengers shorter distances at greater speeds. Of course, there’s always room in the airline’s future to add roomier aircraft if the launch of its first batch of routes proves to be successful. This is definitely an airline to keep an eye on for anyone who routinely travels in and out of the San Jose area.


[Image Source: Ryan DiVita/California Pacific Airlines]

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  1. strickerj

    September 16, 2018 at 10:13 am

    Carlsbad to San Diego seems like an odd choice since it’s only 28 miles. Always good to see more competition though; hopefully they can make it work and expand further.

  2. o mikros

    September 16, 2018 at 11:07 am

    I think they’re actually starting service to San Jose on November 1st. A flight to San Diego would be rather pointless considering that they’re only 45 minutes apart by car.

  3. Icecat

    September 16, 2018 at 4:35 pm

    This airline is flying to Mesa, Arizona not Phoenix Sky Harbor. The fares from IWA/AZA are very high.

  4. GDL

    September 16, 2018 at 6:15 pm

    “offering nonstop flights from Carlsbad to San Diego on Nov. 1” Are you sure this is correct?! A flight covering the distance of around 35 miles? You must have meant another airport for sure.

  5. mvoight

    September 16, 2018 at 10:31 pm

    “will begin by offering nonstop flights from Carlsbad to San Diego on Nov. 1” – This is not correct.
    The whole idea is to fly from Carlsbad INSTEAD of San Diego, and in fact, their booking site does not show San Diego flights in Nov.
    I suspect they person who wrote this meant “Carlsbad to San Jose”, as that route does start on Nov 1

  6. mvoight

    September 16, 2018 at 10:35 pm

    Odd that an airline called California Pacific has its office in Georgia
    The contact info on their website shows:

    114 Townpark Dr.
    Suite 500
    Kennesaw, GA 30144

  7. UncleDude

    September 18, 2018 at 1:44 am

    Reminds me of the IAD Based Independence Airlines from the Start of the Century. They only last a couple of years as a Stand Alone Airline I recall

  8. Mordor2112

    September 18, 2018 at 6:13 am

    A Georgia based airline offering a 40 mile flight in California. It’s either an amazing business model or rushed journalism.

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