N7371f From United States of America, joined Jul 2008, 1951 posts, RR: 11 Posted (5 years 10 months 3 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 2988 times:
Tomorrow, 11/18, Horizon Air will announce nonstop Spokane (GEG) - Sacramento (SMF) and GEG - San Jose (SJC) service. Each route is showing once daily in WorldSpan. Q400 service. SMF is a morning departure; SJC a mid-afternoon departure.
Service may be made available by QX dropping GEG-Boise (BOI) altogether in early January.
SMF is a restore for QX after it started service in competition with Express Jet. At one time QX ran 2 dailies on CR7's and XJ 3 times daily in ERJ. SMF is one of the top 5-7 destinations from GEG so it can clearly support a nonstop. I cannot recall their ever being nonstop service to SJC from GEG.
SurfandSnow From United States of America, joined Jan 2009, 2982 posts, RR: 30
Reply 2, posted (5 years 10 months 3 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 2913 times:
Very interesting developments! It is absolutely great to see GEG doing well, especially as other airports of similar size has suffered tremendously in recent times: UA restored its longstanding ORD flight (albeit on UAX rather than mainline) and resumed SFO after a very long hiatus, WN will begin flying to DEN soon, and now Eastern Washington/Northern Idaho will have direct access to the [two] remaining Northern California hubs not currently served from GEG. Now we just need to give LAX another shot (I think once or twice daily UAX CR7s would be perfect) and GEG will be all set!
However, I am most fascinated by the implications on the California end. Both SMF and SJC have typically been mere spokes in the AS/QX network, handling little more than their share of SEA/PDX flights. Yet, both stations now handle flights to BOI, with OGG (plus KOA in SJC's case) and now GEG soon to come online. Not to mention the new SJC-AUS "nerd bird" flights, resumption of PDX-SJC mainline flights (in conjunction with the nerd bird ), SMF-PSP/SBA, seasonal SJC-MMH, and most strange of all, the flight BETWEEN SJC and SMF! Now, it seems like both of these cities are evolving into quasi-minihubs for the airline. I wonder if more could be in store? Frontier did give SMF/SJC-SJD a try a few years back, I imagine the leader to Mexico's leisure destinations could make a better go of it. I also wonder if AS couldn't serve SMF from ORD on behalf of AA as it does to PDX. Just some ideas...
Flying in the middle seat of coach is much better than not flying at all!
Rgreenftm From United States of America, joined Jan 2008, 314 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (5 years 10 months 3 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 2888 times:
Taking a second look, these new routes don't really compliment HI flying, unless one is going to overnight. It appears these routes are an extension to the existing SMF-SJC flying they are currently doing.
Airport From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (5 years 10 months 2 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 2464 times:
Quoting Wedgetail737 (Reply 4): Weren't these flights originally routed through BOI as opposed to GEG or is QX adding a 2nd SJC-SMF flight?
Unless they're discontinuing the BOI-SJC/SMF triangle altogether, I think this addition is independent of anything out of Boise. The SJC-SMF flight that goes to GEG (an evening flight) compliments the SJC-SMF flight that goes to Boise (a morning flight), and vice-versa.
Wedgetail737 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 6122 posts, RR: 5
Reply 6, posted (5 years 10 months 2 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 2379 times:
Quoting Airport (Reply 5): Unless they're discontinuing the BOI-SJC/SMF triangle altogether, I think this addition is independent of anything out of Boise. The SJC-SMF flight that goes to GEG (an evening flight) compliments the SJC-SMF flight that goes to Boise (a morning flight), and vice-versa.
I saw QX's schedule this morning. Now I understand.