Surf Air, the tiny airline that sells ‘all you can fly’ passes for as low as $1,350 per month, will start service later this month to Hawthorne Municipal Airport near LAX.
Hawthorne is the second Southern California destinations for Surf Air, which started flying in June from Burbank Bob Hope Airport. With a fleet of only three Pilatus PC-12 aircraft, which seat only six people. the Surf Air network is small. From Hawthorne, you’ll be able to fly to Palm Springs, Santa Barbara and San Carlos, near San Francisco. One of the major pluses is that you can arrive at the airport 20 minutes before flights because there’s no security screening.
Surf Air will continue serving Burbank with the small propeller driven planes, but chief executive Wade Eyerly told me the airline felt it needed a base on the West side of Los Angeles.
“By going into Hawthorne, you take advantage of the fact people are used to the drive to LAX — that’s something that is comfortable for them — but now the experience is night-and-day better,” Eyerly said. “It’s very much that private flight experience that people like about Surf Air.”
Want more information? I wrote a full story on Surf Air’s growth strategy in Sunday’s newspaper.
Also, here’s Surf Air’s schedule starting Dec. 9. You’ll notice their three airplanes spend a lot of time in the air.