SMF has attracted three new airlines this year - Frontier in January with flights to DEN, Hawaiian Airlines in June with flights to HNL, and Mexicana in July with flights to Guadalejara and Mexico City. Now SMF is actively seeking nonstop service to New York and Washington D.C. and are also interested in Vancouver as well.
United Airlines started SMF-IAD in September 1999, but ended it a few months after the September 11 attacks. Delta Airlines announced in January 2001 it would fly SMF-JFK in June, but by June had changed its mind.
Talks about the general woes in the airline industry, but mentions that Southwest (which accounts for a little over half of all traffic out of SMF) and jetBlue are profitable.
Depending on ow well Southwest does with its announced BWI-SJC flights, SMF officials think there is a good possibility of Southwest adding SMF-BWI, especially considering Southwest's request for more office space and outbound baggage facilities at SMF. Airport officials are working to set Southwest up with the bigger facilities, and, officials are trying to arrange a pre-holiday meeting to get a firm read on Southwest's plans.
SMF also hopes jetBlue might come in and serve SMF-JFK, but jetBlue has no such plans at the moment.
SMF has had information requests from six different carriers, including JetBlue, Air Canada and its regional carrier; Vanguard, Northwest and Continental.
Officials from SMF have also visited the headquarters of Southwest jetBlue, Delta and Mexicana.
Sounds like a good opportunity for both Southwest and Jetblue, especially Southwest since they already serve both SMF and BWI.
DIA77 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 703 posts, RR: 6 Reply 3, posted (11 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 1573 times:
SMF had a some major cuts after Sep. 11. I used to fly into SMF on a weekly basis on the short lived red-eye flight to ORD. I flew SMF-IAD a couple of times too. Prior to Sept. 11, every flight I took to SMF (from LAX, SFO, DEN, ORD and IAD) was oversold. I know demand is there. Hopefully SMF gets some new service. I could definitely see a CO EWR-SMF flight being very successful.
FATFlyer From United States of America, joined May 2001, 5743 posts, RR: 16 Reply 4, posted (11 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 1557 times:
This is similiar to an article I posted a few weeks ago from the Sacramento Bee newspaper. The airport is celebrating 35 years of service so there was lots of media coverage happening.
The Bee version included much of the same info but also a quote about Vancouver.
"We think it's important to have foreign-flag carriers such as Air Canada, which serves Vancouver," he (Acree) said. "But we're not ruling out a domestic carrier such as Alaska Airlines or Horizon Air," two airlines that already serve Sacramento."