California Pacific Airlines
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West Coast travelers rejoice: a new airline is coming your way.

California Pacific Airlines, based in Carlsbad, California, announced details of its inaugural West Coast service and fares. Connecting the West Coast’s tech- and tourism-heavy regions, the airline will fly nonstop from Carlsbad (outside of San Diego) to San Jose and Reno starting Nov. 1, and to Las Vegas starting Nov. 15.

“Today’s announcement marks the culmination of a multi-year effort that will bring significant convenience in air travel between San Diego’s North County and the top Western-Region destinations our community wants to fly to nonstop,” Ted Vallas, the airline's chairman, said.

Located less than an hour's drive from downtown San Diego, McClellan-Palomar Airport provides an easy and less congested alternative to San Diego International Airport.

“Our initial set of cities will address the needs of both business and leisure travelers from nearby McClellan – Palomar Airport,” Vallas said. “Passengers can spend less time fretting the drive to and from the airport, and spend more time enjoying their destination."

In addition to the convenience of the new routes, California Pacific aims to keep prices “competitive,” with fares starting as low as $99 each way. Booking at least 21 days in advance will typically get you the lowest prices, according to data provided by the airline, and you'll want to book early anyway considering each flight will only offer 50 seats.

After purchasing Aerodynamics, Inc. earlier in 2018, California Pacific Airlines will also continue offering the small regional airline's routes from Denver to Pierre and Watertown, South Dakota. Not exactly “California Pacific,” but still an extremely affordable option for travelers heading to South Dakota.