A new flight will be touching down at Palm Springs International Airport next week when Surf Air adds Palm Springs to its flight schedule.
The airline is a hybrid between charter service and commercial air travel by enrolling “members” for a monthly rate, who then fly as often as they want. “Dues” start at $1,350 a month, (plus a one-time initiation fee,) and allow for unlimited flights.
Surf Air serves locations in southern California and the Bay Area. Starting Thursday, Dec. 12, the air service will operate Thursday to Sunday flights between Palm Springs and the Hawthorne Municipal Airport in south Los Angeles. The plane will not serve the main commercial terminal at PSP. Instead, passengers will use the Atlantic Aviation Terminal on Gene Autry Trail.
Surf Air, based in Santa Monica, began operating in June and serves Santa Barbara, Los Angeles, Burbank, the Bay Area and soon Palm Springs.
There is no charge for baggage, snacks or beverages. Passengers can bring up to 35 pounds of luggage. Surf Air flies six-passenger Pilatus planes with a luxury BMW-designed interior. And because these are regarded as private air travel in the eyes of the Transportation Safety Administration, passengers are not required to arrive a couple hours early at the airport and do not undergo security screening, allowing them to arrive only minutes before the flight departs.