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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.

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Monterey Regional Airport adds Denver flight
Departs twice daily beginning in October

MONTEREY, Calif. – United Airlines is adding four flights a day between the Monterey Peninsula and Denver, Colorado. Beginning October 4, there will be two arrivals and two departures, daily, from the Monterey Regional Airport. The airport was, for years, trying to woo Denver or Dallas, hubs for United and American Airlines, using a Department of Transportation grant. When that was rejected, Dallas was out, but Denver stayed in.

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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

News James HerreraMonterey County Herald

Monterey to Denver non-stop coming to Monterey Regional Airport

Monterey >> California’s first capital and the Mile-High City will once again be linked via air route now that United Airlines confirmed a new twice-daily Monterey to Denver flight schedule beginning in October. According to the Monterey County Business Council newsletter published on Friday, the flights were confirmed Thursday by Janet Lamkin, United’s California regional president in an email.

News Walter RyceMonterey County Weekly

A historical exhibit of Monterey County women gets a fresh update

For a long time the Monterey Regional Airport’s art gallery showed an exhibit titled Against the Odds: Pioneering Women of Monterey County. It was made up of panels of women’s bios and pictures, all deceased, who over two centuries surmounted various obstacles (men probably being the leading one) and made big contributions to the life and culture of Monterey County.

News Carly MayberryMonterey County Herald

Monterey Airport adorns interior with time-lapse footage

Now visitors to the Monterey Peninsula don’t have to wait until they make the hour drive south to see the dramatic landscape of Big Sur. Thanks to a new year-long partnership announced this week between the Monterey Regional Airport and time-lapse photography filmmaker Louie Schwartzberg, a 17-minute video segment featuring the rugged stretch of California’s central coast is now featured inside the terminal ticketing area. The airport will also feature video segments on their homepage at

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.

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In celebration of National Drink Wine Day, Alaska Airlines expands Wine Flies Free program along the West Coast

SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 15, 2018 /PRNewswire/ – Wine lovers rejoice! Alaska Airlines is expanding its wildly popular Wine Flies Free program all along the West Coast — enabling Mileage Plan members departing from cities in California, Oregon, Washington and Idaho to check an entire case of wine for free. To celebrate the program’s expansion, Alaska Airlines will offer a complimentary glass of wine to guests 21 and older on select flights on National Drink Wine Day this Sunday.

News Jessica KeenerMonterey County CVB

Big Little Lies, Monterey County Road Trip: Walk In The Footsteps Of The Stars

MONTEREY, Calif. - Just as the ladies of “Big Little Lies,” raved about their hometown in the show, people all over the world are falling head-over-heels for the show’s big star – the gorgeous scenery of Monterey County! The epic backdrops and awe-inspiring picture perfect coastline probably have you day-dreaming about a California getaway this winter. Well, now is the perfect time to plan your “Big Little Lies” road trip for 2018 and follow in the footsteps of the A-listers.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.