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Sacramento (SMF) Seeks N/S Service To East Coast  
User currently offlineLoneStarMike From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 4028 posts, RR: 31
Posted (13 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 3175 times:

Long Article from the Sacramento Business Journal.

Going first-class
Top airports offer coast-to-coast service. Sacramento International Airport looks to join the top eschelon with nonstop flights to New York City or Washington, D.C.


Highlights include:

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.


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User currently offlineUnited777 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 1657 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (13 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 3098 times:

Wouldn't be suprised to see Jet Blue at SMF from Long Beach or JFK.

User currently offlineScottysAir From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (13 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 3070 times:

Yeah, me too and I wouldn't not be surprised about Jetblue come up from LGB or JFK to SMF flight. If they are made announces for the new nonstop into the future. Well, catch ya later!!

User currently offlineDIA77 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 711 posts, RR: 6
Reply 3, posted (13 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 3038 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.

User currently offlineFATFlyer From United States of America, joined May 2001, 6007 posts, RR: 27
Reply 4, posted (13 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 3022 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."


Thanks for adding the bizjournal article Mike.

"Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness." - Mark Twain
User currently offlineBlatantEcho From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 2027 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (13 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 3010 times:

While SMF is slightly out of the way for some Bay Area residents, with OAK being closer for those of us in the North Bay, it is a great airport.

One of the easiest and more pain free terminals to navigate, nice approach to the airport. Only problem is the signage is terrible to lead you to the terminals.

I consider the extra 15 minutes drive time compared to OAK very often, it's just so much easier to fly out of. Would most probably go out of SMF instead of OAK when going through BWI on Southwest.


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User currently offlineRayChuang From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 8364 posts, RR: 4
Reply 6, posted (13 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 3002 times:

I wonder has WN considered SMF-MDW service?

User currently offlineJohnboy From United States of America, joined Aug 1999, 2665 posts, RR: 6
Reply 7, posted (13 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 2939 times:

I fly out of SMF every once in a while also. The parking is so much nicer, as well as the nice, uncongested terminal for WN.

OAK has become quite the hellhole recently.

User currently offlineConcorde1518 From United States of America, joined May 2001, 746 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (13 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 2908 times:

SMF's parking should get better with the new parking structure going in by the Host.


User currently offlineLV From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 2020 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (13 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 2898 times:

Didn't CO have service to EWR on this route?

User currently offlineRedngold From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 6907 posts, RR: 40
Reply 10, posted (13 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 2864 times:

Based on what's been posted above, I think Southwest is probably about to jump for this.


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