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Airline service to Vegas, Bay Area studied at tiny Carlsbad airport

February 7, 2012 |  1:35 pm

If operators of California Pacific Airlines have their way, they'll soon be flying out of tiny McClellan Palomar Airport in Carlsbad to the Bay Area, Las Vegas and, perhaps, 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 in northern San Diego County is extremely high, Brackett said.

"We get phone calls every day in our office, with people in the community" asking when California Pacific Airlines is going to start flying, he said.

The airport currently provides jet service to and from LAX

The airline recently passed the first phase of the Federal Aviation Administration’s certification process, and its vice president of communications said the company could be getting its first two planes for the project -– Embraer 170s -– by the spring, with the hopes of training staff soon after.

Proposed destinations for the 70-passenger planes would include San Jose, Oakland, Sacramento, Las Vegas, Phoenix and Cabo San Lucas.


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