Surf Air is back at the San Carlos Airport.
The commuter airline that has been the subject of noise complaints from Peninsula residents resumed operations at the San Mateo County-owned airport last week, airport manager Gretchen Kelly wrote in an email Oct. 26. Surf Air confirmed via email that it resumed operations in San Carlos on Monday, Oct. 22.
Surf Air had six arrivals last week and used Advanced Aviation LLC to operate the flights, Kelly said. The airline is back at the airport with a limited schedule, operating out of the shared transient ramp, she said.
Surf Air customers can also use the company's new Express service at the San Carlos Airport. Express offer a limited number of flights to members who pay a smaller subscription for individual bookings on the company’s planes. Express subscribers pay $2,000 for access to seats on the Surf Air planes or small jets for about $400 to $500 per seat. Other Surf Air customers pay $5,000 for unlimited flights.
"This will not affect the number of flights at the airport," a Surf Air spokesperson wrote in an Oct. 30 email. "Express members actually have limited access to the schedule and peak flying hours are not available on this membership."
Surf Air has been dealing with issues beyond residents' noise complaints in recent months.
Earlier this month the county disclosed Surf Air owed it $328,371.69 in taxes. The airline has been in contact with local tax authorities and is working through a resolution, a company spokesperson wrote in an Oct. 16 email.
In mid-June, Surf Air replaced Encompass Aviation LLC with Advanced Aviation as its flight operator. Days later, Encompass sued Surf Air, claiming $3.1 million in unpaid bills. Surf Air countersued Encompass, asking that Encompass return the PC-12 turboprop planes it subleased from Surf Air and claiming at least $10 million in damages.
A Surf Air spokesperson recently said the airline was "nearly at an end" of settlement negotiations with Encompass, adding that the company expects to have all of its turboprop planes back soon.
A startup airline that began using the San Carlos Airport in June 2013, Surf Air offers unlimited flights for a monthly fee and in the past has scheduled as many as 45 flights a day in and out of the airport.
A Surf Air spokesperson said earlier this month that once the airline returned to the airport, "flight operations will start slowly to make sure we are operating in ways that reduce our noise footprint. If all goes well, we'll gradually increase the number of flights while continuing to operate out of Oakland Airport."
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