Bob Hope Airport has added another commuter airline to its roster, and this one is bringing a new business model — a monthly fee of more than $1,600 for passengers.
Surf Air began offering eight daily flights to San Carlos Airport in San Mateo on six-passenger, turbo-prop planes last Wednesday in order to address the demand from business professionals who need to fly from the Los Angeles area to the Silicon Valley area on a regular basis.
The Santa Monica-based airline is a new business venture and operates on private memberships, in which customers pay a $1,650 monthly fee, plus a one-time $500 membership charge, in exchange for unlimited flights, said company spokeswoman Katie Gerber.
SeaPort Airlines, which runs a commuter flight to El Centro, near the Mexican border, started service at Bob Hope Airport in April.
Surf Air is pursuing a different clientele, focusing almost entirely on business travelers, so far, Gerber said.