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Posted on: November 27, 2019

[ARCHIVED] Taos Air Launches in California with Round-Trip Flights to Los Angeles, Carlsbad


CONTACT: Marissa Le

For Town of Taos


Air service to Southern California begins on January 9, 2020


Nov. 20, 2019 — (Taos, N.M.) In a move that makes experiencing the culture of New Mexico simple and fast for Southern Californians and gives Northern New Mexicans the ability to conveniently fly to the West Coast in under two hours, the Taos Regional Airport will begin direct charter flight service to and from Hawthorne Municipal Airport in Los Angeles and McClellan-Palomar Airport in Carlsbad beginning January 9. The air service, known as Taos Air, will provide the enhanced experience of charter air service at prices comparable to traditional commercial flights.

In its inaugural year providing round-trip service to Austin and Dallas, Taos Air proved to be an economic driver for not just the Taos area but the entire Enchanted Circle region. Studies conducted by Southwest Planning & Marketing (SWPM) found that there was an economic impact of over $2 million in Taos, Taos Ski Valley, Angel Fire, Eagle Nest, Questa and Red River by Taos Air fliers for its first season of operation.

“Taos is fortunate to welcome many visitors from Southern California and we are very excited to help them make the trip quicker and easier,” said Daniel Barrone, Town of Taos Mayor. “We are so pleased Taos Air continues to grow and provide door-to-door flights for people who want to experience Taos.”

This announcement comes on the heels of Taos Air announcing its second year operating direct charter flight service to Austin–Bergstrom International (AUS) and Dallas Love Field (DAL) airports from Taos Regional Airport (TSM).

“Taos Air will now offer Southern California greater accessibility to Ikon Pass destination Taos Ski Valley and the incomparable Northern New Mexico art and cultural scene,” said David Norden, CEO of Taos Ski Valley, Inc. “We are proud to be part of the thriving tourism industry in New Mexico and are grateful to all of our partners that have made this expanded service a reality.”

Taos Air scheduled service is a 100 percent carbon-offset service as Taos Ski Valley, Inc. has partnered with NativeEnergy, to determine the carbon footprint of the Taos Air program and to purchase carbon offset credits.

Starting January 9 and continuing through March 29, Taos Air will provide direct charter flight service between Taos Regional Airport (TSM), from Hawthorne Municipal Airport (HHR) in Los Angeles and McClellan-Palomar Airport (CLD) in Carlsbad. Winter service will consist of one flight to and from each

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