SoCal Residents Can Soon Fly Over Traffic With New Air Taxi

Forget about rush-hour traffic because soon you'l be able to FLY to work!

Starting in January, Southern California residents who have a long commute can choose to fly to work thanks to a start-up service co-founded by a UC San Diego graduate.

FLOAT, which stands for Fly Over All Traffic, is a commuter air service that has agreements to operate a fleet of nine-passenger planes at 40 small airports throughout Southern California, including Hollywood Burbank Airport and John Wayne Airport.

The routes for the planes will be determined by customer demands. There is already interest in service out of McClellan-Palomar Airport in Carlsbad, the company reports. Other San Diego airports like Montgomery-Gibbs in Kearny Mesa and Brown Field in South Bay could be added, said co-founder and CEO Arnel Guiang.

A base membership will cost $1,250 per month for flights five days a week. That means each leg of the commute will cost about $30.

The service is targeting so-called “super commuters" who commute 90 minutes or more each way. There are nearly 26,000 super commuters in San Diego alone.

Customers who choose to use the service will be able to walk onto a plane in minutes using an app, without security checks by the TSA.

FLOAT will start with three planes at first, and the company says the idea is taking off: more than 700 people have signed up so far.

Customers can request a route here.

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