West Coast short-haul airline JSX has capped flights at 20 passengers in order to practice social distancing on the plane during the Covid-19 pandemic. The change took effect on March 23, said vice president of marketing Angela Vargo.

JSX operates scheduled flights from private air terminals and flies a fleet of 30-seat Embraer ERJ135 and ERJ145 aircraft. That business model already made JSX a potentially safer option for those who must fly right now than traditional carriers flying larger aircraft from commercial airports. 

The airplanes are configured with one seat on the left side and two on the right. Under the 20-person limit, people traveling together can still sit abreast on the right side, Vargo said. 

“Otherwise, they will be spaced as far apart as possible to adhere to the 6-foot-apart requirement for social distancing,” she said. 

JSX is currently flying eight combined routes involving Phoenix, Las Vegas, Orange County, Burbank, Oakland and the East Bay community of Concord.

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