It’s getting close to that time of year when Palm Springs come alive with the sounds of winter residents and snow birds arriving in droves to escape the cold, golf, play tennis, spa or just chill out. And to get them there, Virgin America announced today( via press release) that it is resuming service from New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK). The east to west coasts flights are the only nonstop available the desert playground. Tickets went on sale today at www.virginamerica.com and 1-877-FLY-VIRGIN.*
"Since entering the Palm Springs market, we've seen strong guest demand for our unique flight service and are pleased to resume our nonstop flights from New York to the desert this winter," said Adam Green, Director of Network Planning at Virgin America. "We're thankful for the partnership and support of the airport, city and tourism community in welcoming our service back and continuing to help us grow."
"The City of Palm Springs is thrilled that Virgin America will continue its service from Palm Springs to New York this season," said Mayor Steve Pougnet. "Palm Springs is the premiere resort destination in Southern California and I want to thank Virgin America for their commitment to serving the Palm Springsregion, like no place else."
"Greater Palm Springs' nine cities are a popular getaway with world-class attractions drawing visitors from all parts of the world," said Scott White, President and CEO for the Greater Palm Springs Convention & Visitors Bureau. "With the continuation of Virgin America's nonstop JFK-PSP roundtrip service, guests from New York City and the surrounding regions can escape colder weather and experience events from our music and arts festivals and sports tournaments to celebrations of fashion and architecture."
Greater Palm Springs is the ultimate destination for outdoor adventure, arts and culture and entertainment. The nine cities: Palm Springs, Desert Hot Springs, Cathedral City, Rancho Mirage, Palm Desert, Indian Wells, La Quinta, Indio and Coachella offer streets lined with palm trees, the best in shopping, art galleries, museums and outdoor dining – all amidst breathtaking scenery. In addition to luxury resorts and world-class golfing, the region has welcomed an influx of hip boutique hotels and landmark events like the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. Palm Springs has a long history of being a Hollywood celebrity getaway– and is known as the center of "Desert Modernism" mid-century modern architecture. For more, visit: www.visitgreaterpalmsprings.com and www.visitpalmsprings.com.
Virgin America's 2013-2014 nonstop JFK-PSP flight schedule leaves New York at 10:30 a.m. on Saturdays beginning December 21, 2013 and returns the same day from Palm Springs at 3:40 p.m. If you've never flown Virgin America, you're in for a rare inflight treat. They offer great fares, =flight crews are among the tops in the skies, you have more leg room, especially in Main Cabin Select (which costs extra) and First Class and even the food and snacks you can buy right from your seat by digital screen are tasty. Also if you join their Elevate frequent flyer club you earn free flights faster than most carriers with no black-out dates and get to pick any seat you want.