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New Route of the Day – Americas (17 March 2024): Advanced Air’s new routes from Crescent City


Advanced Air (IATA code AN) has put Crescent City in north California back on the aviation map by introducing flights from Del Norte County Airport to both Oakland and Hawthorne on Sunday 17 March. The 485-kilometree service to Oakland will be maintained daily, while the 1,015-kilometre route to Hawthorne, located within the Los Angeles metropolitan area, will run 2-weekly, on Thursdays and Sundays. Both will be operated by the 32-seat Dornier 328Jet aircraft. Advanced Air faces no competition on either of the two.

What they said

Levi Stockton, President and CEO of Advanced Air, said: “Crescent City is a community we’ve been interested in for a long time. At its basic core, our business plan is to partner with communities that have growth potential and fall within our service area to ensure we provide a high-level product. Crescent City checks those boxes and provides an exciting opportunity to leverage the airport as an economic tool for growth. We are proud to offer this connectivity as part of our record of reliable service in California and the southwest.”

Essential Air Services flights

The two new routes from Crescent City are subsidized under the US Department of Transportation’s Essential Air Service (EAS) program that supports a minimum level of air service from underserved regions in the country. Crescent City is one of three EAS airports in the state of California.

Advanced Air now holds two of the three EAS cities in California, with the carrier already having the contract in Merced. It also becomes the first EAS contract held by Advanced Air to be operated on its Dornier 328Jet, as the other three are on the eight-seat King Air or Pilatus PC-12.

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Longest US route with Dornier jet

Advanced Air’s Crescent City – Hawthorne service becomes the longest in the US to be operated by the Dornier 328Jet aircraft. The flights are scheduled to run just over one hour and forty minutes.

Named for the crescent-shaped stretch of sandy beach south of the city, Crescent City had a total population of just over 6,600. The population includes inmates at Pelican Bay State Prison, also within the city limits. Due to the richness of the local Pacific Ocean waters and the related catch, and ease of access, Crescent City Harbor serves as home port for numerous commercial fishing vessels.


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