CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - The Charleston International Airport will offer nonstop flights to and from Los Angeles in December, airport officials announced Thursday.
JetBlue will begin daily nonstop service to LAX beginning Dec. 18. Airport spokesman Spencer Pryor said that will mark the first nonstop service from South Carolina to California.
The airport released the planned flight schedule:
The Airbus A320 aircraft seats 162 passengers.
“Los Angeles service from Charleston International Airport has been a key strategic objective for Team CHS,” Charleston County Aviation Authority CEO Elliott Summey said. “JetBlue’s new service will allow both business and leisure travelers convenient access to and from one of the most important airport gateways to the world. We are obviously delighted with this milestone addition of air service for the region.”
Charleston County Aviation Authority Chair and Explore Charleston CEO Helen Hill said California has been in their top 10 states of visitor inquiry for at least 20 years.
“Being able to fly nonstop from LAX to Charleston will turn Californians' interest into action," she said. “There is no doubt that the new service will provide a timely boost as our visitor industry continues its economic rebound. And since LAX is our largest market without direct service, we share JetBlue’s confidence in the long-term success of this exciting new route. Our work toward its success begins today.”
“We are excited to expand our Charleston service with a new direct flight to LAX. Since beginning flights to Charleston, we’ve seen an extraordinary level of community support that has allowed us to continually expand” JetBlue Head of Revenue and Planning Scott Laurence said. “This new addition furthers our commitment to our Charleston customers, and gives more customers our award-winning service, to more of the destinations we know they want to fly.”
JetBlue also serves the region with flights to New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport, Newark, and Boston. With the return of Fort Lauderdale service in October, JetBlue will serve five of the top Lowcountry markets.