For some of us, the “left coast” brings to mind iconic gangster rap hits like “California Love” by the late Tupac Shakur and Dr. Dre. For others, the peppy college rock sound of Coconut Records come to mind. Still others groove on the soulful seductiveness of Lana Del Ray – while some among us take it all the way back to the Eagles’ Hotel California.
Just not “the Dude …”
He hates the Eagles.
Anyway, whatever your vibe may be (we are all of the above, for the “record”) … if California is calling you, then Charleston International Airport can take you there.
“This will be the state of South Carolina’s first nonstop flight to California!” airport officials ebulliently tweeted.
Flights will leave Charleston at 6:00 p.m. ET and arrive in Los Angeles at 8:46 p.m. PT – a journey of five hours and forty-five minutes. Return flights will leave Los Angeles at 9:00 a.m. PT and arrive back in Charleston at 4:29 p.m. ET. That journey – which benefits from a tailwind – will last approximately four hours and thirty minutes.
The cost of a flight to California? It depends …
Will this new route spark additional travel? Good question …
As disappointing data from the U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) clearly shows, Americans are still not flying at anywhere near the same levels they were a year ago thanks to the ongoing impact of the coronavirus pandemic. According to Wise, passenger counts at Charleston remain 68 percent below where they were prior to the onset of Covid-19.
Assuming people can be convinced to return to the skies, Charleston is also dealing with any number of existential threats to its tourism economy – including elevated lawlessness and ongoing attempts to purge the city of its history.
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