Southwest Airlines announced Thursday it will begin year-round service to Palm Springs International Airport beginning next month.

In addition to Palm Springs, the airline will begin flying to Oakland, Phoenix and Denver, all starting on Nov. 15, according to a Southwest spokesperson.

“Palm Springs is a great California destination” Southwest Airlines Chairman & CEO Gary Kelly said in a video message to employees previously. “Southwest has long carried more customers to, from and within the Golden State than any other airline.”

Southwest is one of a handful of airlines to announce new service to Palm Springs in recent weeks.

Alaska Airlines will begin flying to Palm Springs International Airport with nonstop service to San Jose International Airport, Reno-Tahoe International Airport and Boise Airport, in Idaho, beginning Dec. 17.

San Francisco-based Boutique Air plans to add daily nonstop year-round service to and from Palm Springs and Los Angeles International Airport and Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport starting Oct. 1 with the carrier’s Pilatus PC-12 single-engine turboprop passenger planes, which carry eight passengers.

Meanwhile, JetBlue Airlines is set to begin seasonal nonstop flight service from Palm Springs to Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport beginning Dec. 18 through March. The addition is one of 24 new routes the airline added in locations where additional demand for leisure travel is anticipated, the airline said.

JetBlue will additionally begin service to John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York on Nov. 6, and to Boston Logan International Airport on Dec. 19.


By Richard Moran

Richard Moran loves to write about sports with the Golden State Online. Before that, he worked as a senior writer at ESPN. Richard grew up in San Diego and graduated from the University of San Diego in 2004, after which he worked as an editor for five years.

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