Bakersfield, California 2021-10-25 19:34:00 –
They were ecstatic when Tim Banks and Carole King heard the news about the new direct flight from Bakersfield to Reno.
Two Bakersfield retirees travel to Reno four times a year to embrace gambling, eating out, and the culture of “the world’s smallest small city.” So it’s not surprising that this pair was the first traveler to check in for the first flight from Meadows Field to Reno-Tahoe International Airport on Monday.
“We go through other scenarios, which is very annoying,” Banks pointed out the convenience of direct flights. “This is just above my alley. It’s perfect for someone like me.”
The bank and King planned to spend four days in Reno, returning to Reno for the first time in over a year.
“It’s very convenient because you can go on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and come back that day,” King said.
That convenience is what Georgia-based ExpressJet wants to bring thousands of people like Banks and King to Reno.
Medesfield is one of seven cities on the West Coast that has won direct flights to Reno as part of Express Jet’s new ah! brand. The letter represents an air-hotel-adventure, and ExpressJet wants to help commuters avoid busy hubs for short, voluntary vacations through its new connections.
“Some people want to get away to where the hard drive is,” said Michael Miskel, aha’s airport operations specialist. “Many of our markets offer their prompt service to extend their vacation.”
For Bakersfield residents, the new flight offers yet another option for travelers who want to avoid long drives for trips to Los Angeles and Fresno. Previously, airlines only offered flights from Meadows Field to Dallas, Denver, Phoenix and San Francisco. Today, travelers have access to all outbound flights from Bakersfield to Reno and the city’s international airport.
Airport Director Mark Witsoe likened a new route to the county’s new brand, “Grounded Infinity,” aimed at evoking the highly realistic opportunities that exist in Kern County.
“This is an example of an opportunity for Bakersfield and Kern County,” he said at a ribbon-cutting ceremony in Meadows Field on Monday. “We look forward to the local community actually using this service to create adventures in the Reno area and the service to grow daily.”
About half of the seats on a 50-seater plane were full. I think it’s decent for the inaugural flight. Airlines want more Bakersfield and Kern County residents to fill their seats as rumors about the service spread.
A representative from a local politician’s office participated in the ribbon cut and tried to get the service off to a good start. The first customer was treated with cupcakes for a trip to Reno.
“This is an exciting new opportunity for Kern County residents to travel directly to the Reno-Tahoe area,” R-Bakersfield’s Congressman Vince Fong said in a statement to Californians. “We also welcome people in the northern part of Nevada to enjoy everything Kern County offers.”
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