Officials and others who seek a “regional” solution to the area’s aviation needs are pointing to the reintroduction of flights this week to and from Palmdale Regional Airport as the type of alternatives they seek to use of Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).

Scenic Airlines plans to begin scheduled air service between Palmdale Airport and North Las Vegas Airport Thursday, December 29th.

The flights mark the first scheduled air service at Palmdale Airport since 1997.

Since 1997, Palmdale Airport has served as a commercial airport for occasional charter operations.

Scenic Airlines initially plans to operate ten weekly round-trip flights to North Las Vegas, using 19-passenger De Havilland Twin Otter Vistaliner aircraft.

Scenic’s North Las Vegas terminal is approximately 25 minutes from the downtown Las Vegas Strip. The airline will offer complimentary door-to-door shuttle service between its North Las Vegas terminal and Strip hotels and McCarran International Airport.

Scenic Airlines has been in business for 38 years and is known for its sightseeing flights to the Grand Canyon and other National Parks, including Yosemite, Bryce Canyon and Monument Valley.

Scenic Airlines has flown more than ten million passengers and 600,000 flights.

The airline is headquartered in North Las Vegas and is one of the few airlines operating both as a sightseeing tour operator and a regional air carrier.

Scenic Airlines provides daily scheduled air service from North Las Vegas to Grand Canyon; Ely, Nevada; and Merced, California.

Its flights are registered with the Official Airline Guide and are available through most airline reservation systems.

A special introductory one-way fare of $49 is being offered between Palmdale and North Las Vegas.

Regular one-way fares between the two areas will start at $79.

Mitzi Daines, Scenic Airlines director of business development said the one hour and ten minute flights between Palmdale and North Los Vegas “will offer a convenient way to escape the weekend traffic congestion between Nevada and California, while Palmdale is a great alternative to the often-crowded regional airports.”

Flights can be booked on-line at www.scenic.com or by calling (800) 634-6801.

OFFICIALS PLEASED — Officials in both Los Angeles and Palmdale expressed pleasure at the reintroduction of flights to and from Palmdale Airport.

“Palmdale Regional Airport plays a key role in my vision for a truly regional approach to meeting the demand for air service in Southern California in the 21st Century, while helping to alleviate congestion at LAX (Los Angeles International Airport),” said Los Angeles Mayor James Hahn.

Palmdale mayor Jim Ledford also praised the reintroduction of flights to and from Palmdale Regional Airport.

“It will be absolutely fantastic to have commercial flights coming in and out of Palmdale Regional Airport again,” the Palmdale mayor said.

He praised Hahn and other Los Angeles city officials who helped bring scheduled flights back to Palmdale.

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