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News David SchmalzMonterey County Weekly

The Monterey airport makes itself the sustainable aviation fuel capital of the country.

Aside from billionaires building rockets to ride into space, perhaps nothing better reflects the outsized carbon footprint of the wealthy than private air travel. And as the climate crisis, fueled by ever increasing global greenhouse gas emissions, continues to wreak havoc on the planet and the local community, the Monterey Regional Airport is trying to change that.

News James HerreraMonterey County Herald

Monterey Airport adds Avelo Air to carrier roster with route to LA Basin
Flight to Hollywood Burbank Airport begins Sept. 30

MONTEREY — The Monterey Regional Airport will add a new carrier to its roster when Avelo Air starts its direct, nonstop service to the Los Angeles Basin at the end of September. “If you want to take your family to the LA Basin, this is a good way to do it,” said Mike La Pier, Monterey Regional Airport executive director. “This is a leisure-based, family-friendly and affordable alternative to driving or flying other airlines.”

News Josh CopitchKSBW Action News

Monterey Airport adds new direct flight to Burbank
One-way fares start at $39

MONTEREY, Calif. —The Monterey Airport will soon offer two weekly direct flights from Monterey to Burbank. One-way tickets start at $39 through Avelo Airlines. The flights begin Sept. 30. “We are excited to welcome Avelo to Monterey as our new air service partner. The Avelo model of affordability will help us reach another segment of our growing air service market and provide convenient access to the LA Basin for our travelers,” said MRY Executive Director Michael La Pier.

News James HerreraMonterey County Herald

JSX to finally begin service connecting Monterey to Burbank, Orange County

JSX made it official, finally launching its summer flight service between Monterey and two Southern California destinations. The hop-on jet service will begin June 11, using the Monterey Jet Center at 200 Sky Park Dr. for its routes with ticket prices starting at $199 each way to private terminals at Hollywood Burbank Airport and to John Wayne Airport in Orange County.

Press Release Michael La Pier, AAEExecutive Director

Award-Winning Air Carrier JSX Launches Summer Flight Service to Monterey from Burbank and Orange County Starting Friday, June 11, 2021
Flights depart and arrive at private terminals on 30-seat jets for a crowd-free, super-safe, and simple travel experience

MONTEREY, CA, May 4, 2021 – The revolutionary hop-on jet service that is pioneering simple, fast, and enjoyable air travel experiences—is launching summer flight service to Monterey (MRY) from Burbank (BUR) and Orange County (SNA) starting Friday, June 11, 2021.

Press Release Michael La Pier, AAEExecutive Director

JSX Launches Seasonal Hop-on Flights to Monterey Between Burbank and Orange County in July
Crowd-Free, Worry-Free Flights Ensure Customer Safety and Minimize Travel Time

MONTEREY, CA, June 11, 2020 – As travelers regain confidence and dip their toes back into domestic travel once again as summer approaches, JSX—the revolutionary hop-on jet service redefining regional and short-haul travel—is introducing seasonal flights to Monterey from Burbank and Orange County. Tickets start at only $99 each way and are available for booking today at for flights beginning July 2, 2020.

Press Release Michael La Pier, AAEExecutive Director

Alaska Airlines Announces Additional Service from the Monterey Regional Airport to San Diego

MONTEREY, CALIFORNIA, March 3, 2020 – Seattle-based Alaska Airlines today announced a second non-stop flight between Monterey Regional Airport and San Diego, California beginning September 9, 2020. The new flight will be in addition to the existing service Alaska provides between the two markets.

Press Release Michael La Pier, AAEExecutive Director

American Airlines Announces Additional Service from the Monterey Regional Airport to Dallas-Fort Worth

MONTEREY, CALIFORNIA, February 24, 2020 – American Airlines announced today that they will begin daily year-round service from the Monterey Regional Airport to Dallas-Fort Worth on April 8, 2020.  In addition, a second seasonal flight will be added and begins on April 8, 2020.

Press Release Michael La Pier, AAEExecutive Director

JSX Launches Seasonal Hop-on Flights to Monterey Between Burbank and Orange County
JSX’s Hassle-Free Flights Minimize Travel Time and Give Californians a Simple, Fast and Joyful Way to Fly

MONTEREY, CA, February 11, 2020 – Just in time for warmer weather, JSX – the hop-on jet service dedicated to making short haul air travel simple and joyful – has announced that it will begin seasonal flights to Monterey from both Burbank and Orange County. Tickets start at only at $99 each way and are available for booking today at for flights beginning April 17, 2020.

Press Release Michael La Pier, AAEExecutive Director

MRY Partners with California REAL ID Program to Prepare Passengers
DMV to provide information about federal ID requirements taking effect October 2020

MONTEREY, CA. (June 14, 2019) – The California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) is joining forces with Monterey Regional Airport (MRY) to share information with airport travelers about new REAL ID driver licenses and identification card requirements that take effect next year. For the first time, DMV representatives will staff an information-only booth, just outside of the TSA checkpoint on Monday, June 17th, from 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Press Release Michael La Pier, AAEExecutive Director

American Airlines Announces Seasonal Service to Dallas
Beginning April 2, 2019

MONTEREY, CA. (October 2, 2018) – Although details are limited, the Monterey Regional Airport is pleased to learn that today American Airlines announced, beginning April 2, 2019, new daily non-stop service between Monterey Regional Airport and Dallas – Ft. Worth International Airport. The announcement was made as part of a 2019 Schedule Enhancement Press Release at the American Airlines News Room at The announcement indicates the service will be seasonal operating from April 2, 2019 through November 3, 2019.

Press Release Michael La PierExecutive Director

United Airlines Announces Twice Daily Nonstop Service Between Monterey and Denver
From the beach to the mountains and wine country to the beer trail, United’s new flight connects California’s Central Coast customers to United’s Rocky Mountain hub

MONTEREY, CA. (July 23, 2018) – The Monterey Peninsula Airport District and United Airlines today announced new, twice daily nonstop service between Monterey Regional Airport and Denver International Airport, beginning Oct. 4, 2018. The flights are now available for purchase on

Press Release Jennifer FahseltCommunications & Community Affairs Coordinator

MRY / Louie Schwartzberg Partnership
Monterey Regional Airport to Feature the Work of Louie Schwartzberg

Monterey, California, March 1, 2018 – Monterey Regional Airport (MRY) proudly announced a year-long partnership with filmmaker Louie Schwartzberg and his company, Moving Art. Louie Schwartzberg is an award-winning producer, director and cinematographer whose notable career spans more than three decades providing breathtaking imagery for feature films, documentaries and commercials.

Press Release

The Big Switch
Monterey Regional Airport "Flips the Switch" on Solar Project Expected to Save $5.5 Million in Energy Costs

MONTEREY, Calif., – Monterey Regional Airport (MRY) celebrated the completion of its new, on-site solar program during a “flip the switch” event connecting a field of solar panels beside the runway to the electricity grid last Thursday, September 21, 2017. Through a collaborative partnership with OpTerra Energy Services, MRY’s new clean energy generation capacity represents a new chapter in the airport’s innovative approach to enhancing the environmental impact of its facilities. Statewide leaders from the California Energy Commission as well as regional and local elected officials attended in support of the new sustainable energy project, which is expected to save MRY $5.5 million in energy savings.

Travel Alert David ShepardsonReuters

Airlines get ready for new U.S. security rules from Thursday

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – New security measures including stricter passenger screening take effect on Thursday on all U.S.-bound flights to comply with government requirements designed to avoid an in-cabin ban on laptops, airlines said.

News Melia RobinsonBusiness Insider

America’s most scenic drive has been devastated – so a luxury resort is helicoptering guests in

In May, one of the biggest landslides on record in California buried a small section of Highway 1 - a famous coastal highway - under 40 feet of rubble. The blockage has devastated the ever-popular Big Sur region, where local businesses, resorts, and retreat centers attract tourists from around the world.  But it hasn’t stopped visitors with funds to spare from visiting.

News Marielle ArguezaMonterey County Weekly

Monterey Regional Airport poised to go solar

Just off of a road behind the Monterey Regional Airport’s airstrip, a lone construction worker smoothes over a freshly poured concrete pad on a fenced-off sandy lot. A few feet away from him, a bundle of steel beams glitter in the sunlight.

News Kelley NixThe Carmel Pine Cone

Airport May Get Nonstop to Dallas

Hoping to attract more tourists and dollars from the Lone Star State, the Monterey Regional Airport and local business leaders are actively trying to get daily nonstop flights between the Monterey Peninsula and Dallas-Fort Worth, officials told The Pine Cone this week.

News James HerreraMonterey County Herald

Monterey Regional Airport Expects to Have Solar Power by End of July

If everything goes its way, the Monterey Regional Airport could be saving on its energy bills by the end of July.

The California Energy Commission in Sacramento on Wednesday is considering taking action on a request from the Monterey Peninsula Airport District to approve an agreement for a $3,000,000 loan, at one percent interest, for the Monterey Regional Airport Photovoltaic Project.

Travel Alert

TSA Airport Holiday Travel Tips

Airlines for America projects more than 27 million people will fly on U.S. airlines during the Thanksgiving travel period, up 2.5 percent from last year.

Press Release

Art at the Airport: Feeling Groovy
Opening Mezzanine Gallery Exhibit at the Monterey Regional Airport

Monterey, CA – Remember Go-Go boots, love beads, and Good Vibrations? Revisit the 1960s at the Monterey Regional Airport’s newest exhibition, Feeling Groovy. The exhibit showcases collections that reflect music, entertainment, and home life in 1960s Monterey County.

Artifacts featured in the exhibit are diverse, ranging from the ordinary to the extraordinary.

Press Release

Safety Enhancement Project

Public Scoping Meeting for Environmental Assessment (EA) for Proposed Airport Safety Enhancement Project

Monterey, CA (November 28, 2016) – Michael La Pier, Executive Director for the Monterey Regional Airport (Airport), announced today that a Public Scoping Meeting will be held for the Environmental Assessment (EA) that is currently being prepared to consider the potential environment impacts of the proposed Airport Safety Enhancement Project for Taxiway “A” Relocation and Associated Building Relocations (proposed project) at the Airport. The Scoping Meeting will be held on Tuesday, December 6, 2016 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Airport District Board Room on the second floor of the Airport Terminal, at 200 Fred Kane Drive, Monterey CA 93940. The meeting format is an informal open house and interested parties are invited to stop by to view maps and displays, communicate with Airport staff, and provide their written comments. Airport staff will be available to gather the public’s thoughts about what alternatives and environmental impacts should be studied in the environmental analysis.

Press Release

Monterey Regional Airport Announces Air Service Incentive Program Extension
Airlines encouraged to launch new nonstop flights

Monterey, CA – The Monterey Peninsula Airport District Board of Directors approved extending the Air Service Incentive Program for airlines to encourage nonstop service to new destinations from Monterey Regional Airport. The top destinations the airport is seeking include Seattle, Dallas/Ft Worth, Denver and Mexico. The Air Service Incentive Program was originally approved in 2014 and was set to expire on March 31, 2016. It has been extended for an additional two years.

Press Release

Airport Completes Runway Safety Area Improvements Project

Monterey, CA - Monterey Regional Airport General Manager Mike La Pier today announced the completion of the Airport’s federally mandated Runway Safety Area (RSA) Improvements Project. “I want to congratulate my Board of Directors, my staff, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), consultants, construction contractors as well as the community, traveling public and users who have all supported this project the past several years.” As of today, the Instrument Landing System (ILS) has been returned to service when the new procedures were published and available.