The new service to New Orleans marks the city’s rebound from both 2005’s Hurricane Katrina and the more recent economic recession that depressed tourism.
There’s plenty of time for a last fling in the French Quarter – return flights leave at 11:40 p.m. and land at 5:47 a.m.
Virgin America, in the process of merging with Alaska Airlines, will wait till Sept. 21 to launch its nonstop service from San Francisco to New Orleans.
June 8 also marks the launch of United’s daily nonstop flights between San Francisco and Cincinnati, Detroit and Hartford, Conn.; twice-daily flights between SFO and Spokane, Wash.; and the carrier’s shortest flight – a 40-minute hop between Santa Rosa and San Francisco, to be offered three times a day.
Among inaugural domestic flights from the Bay Area this summer, Virgin America will start an SFO-Orlando route June 14.