Hold on to your hats….British Airways will begin nonstop service between Downtown San Diego and London starting June 1st, 2011. As a Downtown San Diego Condo and Loft home owner….it really is nice to be able to take a short cab ride to the airport when feeling the need of spreading the wings. I think it’s great with the option to be able to go straight to London without any stops on the East Coast.
Although this is the third attempt to maintain the service it is hoped that the third time will be the charm. Airline and Tourist Officials are optimistic that the more diversified San Diego Economy will help boost corporate travel and a new alliance with American Airlines that fosters cooperation instead of competition will help fill seats.
The San Diego Regional Airport Authority and the Convention and Visitors Bureau are spending substantial funds to market it both here and abroad. In order to compete with Los Angeles and San Francisco which already have direct flights to London and to promote and market the project as a desirable vacation destination $200,000 has been committed by city’s Tourism Marketing District. In addition the Airport Authority has committed $750,000 in marketing assistance over the next two years and a waiver of landing fees in the first year valued at $133,312 the first year and a 50% discount on the fees the second year.
To read the San Diego Union Tribune’s article click on British Airways flight just the ticket for San Diego tourism and to read 92101 Urban Living’s former blogs about the San Diego International Airport click on San Diego International Airport Makeovers Best Bet – California Pizza Kitchen, San Diego International Airport – is Getting a Facelift and Downtown San Diego Airport gets Clearance and Gives Local Businesses a Chance to Participate. ')}