South Carolina will see its first nonstop, transcontinental flights to Los Angeles when JetBlue Airways begins daily service from Charleston International Airport in December.
The Holy City will soon be connected, nonstop, to the City of Angels.
New York-based JetBlue Airways said Thursday it will launch a daily route between Charleston and Los Angeles starting Dec. 18.
It’s the first uninterrupted coast-to-coast flight between South Carolina and California.
“We are excited to expand our Charleston service with a new direct flight to LAX,” said Scott Laurence, JetBlue’s head of revenue and planning.
“Since beginning flights to Charleston, we’ve seen an extraordinary level of community support that has allowed us to continually expand,” he said. “This new addition furthers our commitment to our Charleston customers.”
The 5¾-hour flight on a 162-seat Airbus A320 aircraft will take off from the Palmetto State’s busiest airport at 6 p.m. Eastern Time and land in the nation’s second-largest city at 8:46 p.m. Pacific Time.
The 4½-hour return flight, courtesy of a tail wind, will depart Los Angeles at 9 a.m. Pacific Time and arrive in Charleston at 4:29 p.m. Eastern Time.
For the leg leaving Charleston during the holidays, the price starts at $280, according to the airline’s website. Many of the returning flights from Los Angeles already are sold out at the basic rate during the holidays. Seats remain available above the basic rate, as of Thursday.
JetBlue’s website shows prices in January starting at $99 for each leg of the flight.
The cross-country route between Charleston and Los Angeles has long been sought by Lowcountry leaders for both business and leisure travel, and bringing it to reality is considered a milestone achievement.
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