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Travel from Carlsbad Air Terminal takes off in 2021

The number of passengers flying from Carlsbad to Albuquerque and Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) on Boutique Air increased in 2021, after the company reported significant decline in 2020 due to COVID-19. 

Boutique Air holds the Department of Transportations (USDOT) Essential Air Service (EAS) for the City of Carlsbad. EAS is a program which provides subsidized air service to Carlsbad.

Earlier this year, the City of Carlsbad renewed an EAS agreement with Boutique Air. The agreement expires in 2023. 

Boutique Air is based in San Francisco, California.

More:City Council extends air service agreement with Boutique Air

Per City records, flights departing Carlsbad to Albuquerque and DFW transported under 500 people between July 2020 and October of 2020. 

In 2020, however, more than 1,000 passengers boarded planes in Carlsbad between March and May.

A flight schedule from Boutique Air shows the number of flights from Carlsbad to Albuquerque and Dallas-Fort Worth.

The number of passengers remained steady between July and August of this year with 943 passengers taking flight from Carlsbad in July alone.

More than 800 people flew from Carlsbad to Albuquerque and DFW in August, and 949 flew in September, City of Carlsbad records indicated.

Brian Kondrad, vice president of business operations for Boutique Air, said COVID-19 impacted air travel in Carlsbad.