Virgin America To Serve Palm Springs

Virgin America Airbus A320

Virgin America Airbus A320 awaiting take-off.

In an interesting move, Virgin America announced today that they will be starting seasonal service to Palm Springs (PSP) from San Francisco (SFO).  The new service starts December 15, 2011 with one daily round-trip flight.  These flights will also be same-plane through-flights toNew York’s John F. Kennedy airport.  These flights will be available through April 30, 2012.

“As the only California-based airline, we’re pleased to launch seasonal service to one of our state’s most popular getaway spots – Palm Springs and the surrounding  desert resort cities,” said David Cush, President and CEO of Virgin America.  “Our expansion to the region will inject some much-needed competition into the air travel market.  With low fares and a quality of service that is unrivalled in the domestic skies, we hope our new flights will be a welcome breath of fresh air for Bay Area andNew Yorktravelers looking for an affordable escape to the desert oasis this winter.  The destination also allows us to add seasonal capacity from ourCaliforniabase, as we continue to grow our network.”

“Known for our weather, unrivalled golfing, world class resorts and globally-recognized festivals like the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, thePalm Springsmarket is a perfect fit for Virgin America’s chic new flight service,” said Scott White, President and CEO of Palm Springs Desert Resort Communities CVA.  “The airline’s new nonstop and through flights from both SFO and JFK will lower fares and improve service in our market – and allow more travelers to enjoy all that our unique region has to offer.”

Palm Springs, California and the other cities that make up the Desert Resorts destination, is the ultimate desert oasis playground for outdoor adventure, arts and culture, gaming and entertainment.  The desert climate guarantees sunny weather and the cities are nestled at the base of the majestic San JacintoMountains.  Palm Springs, Coachella, Cathedral City, Desert Hot Springs, Indian Wells, Indio, La Quinta, Rancho Mirage and Palm Desert offer streets lined with palm trees, the best in shopping, art galleries and museums and renowned outdoor dining – all amidst breathtaking scenery.  In addition to luxury resorts and world-class golfing, the region has in recent years welcomed an influx of hip boutique hotels and landmark events like the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival.  Palm Springshas a history as the holiday home of many Hollywoodstars from the 1940s on – and is known as the center of “Desert Modernism” mid-century modern architecture.  For more on the region, visit: www.PalmSpringsUSA.com

Flight Schedule:

Flight 25 – Dp. SFO 4:35 p.m., Ar. PSP 6:05 p.m.

Flight 30 – Dp. PSP 6:50 p.m., Ar. SFO 8:25 p.m.

Including the New York City option:

Flight 25 – Dp. JFK 11:55 a.m., Ar. PSP 6:05 p.m.

Flight 30 – Dp. PSP 6:50 p.m., Ar. JFK 5:55 a.m. (Next Day)

Tickets are now on sale.  Visit virginamerica.com for more information and to purchase tickets.

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