Saturday, February 11, 2012

Airline aims for regional flights from Carlsbad

CARLSBAD, Calif. -- If operators of California Pacific Airlines have their way, they’ll soon be flying out of McClellan Palomar Airport in Carlsbad to the Bay Area, Las Vegas and Mexico.

"The county has done air services studies,” said Assistant Airport Manager Olivier Brackett. “The airline has done air services studies, and gauged demand for flights out of this airport.”

Demand for such a venture is extremely high said Brackett.

“We get phone calls every day in our office with people in the community asking when CPA is going to start flying,” he said.

The airline recently passed the first phase of the Federal Aviation Administration’s certification process.

The vice president of communications for CPA said the company could be getting the companies first two planes – Embraer 170’s – by the spring, with the hopes of training staff.

The 70 passenger planes will fly non-stop to several locations including San Jose, Oakland, Sacramento, Las Vegas, Phoenix and Cabo San Lucas.

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