I was looking over the master plan for Sacramento International (along with the SacBee and a few other sources) and started to think about a few things:
- SMF handled nearly 10 million passengers last year, 95% of which are pure O&D.
- SMF/MHR handled 129,071 tons of freight in a 12 month period 2003-2004
- Sacramento is the state capitol
- Sacramento is a major distribution center, poised at the 5 and 80 interchange
- Sacramento is home to over 17,000 high-tech jobs, mainly Intel and HP (NEC finished a $1.5 billion expansion of its chip manufacturing plant)
- Sacramento's six counties which make up the metro area already have well over two million residents (Lincoln was the second-fastest growing city in the state in 2004)
- Sacramento is trying to bill itself as the gateway to Napa and Lake Tahoe
- Japan represents California's second largest export country after Mexico and accounted for $14.6 billion in exports, year 2001. Computer and electronic parts bring in $5.5 billion, and Japan is also the second largest importer of California agricultural products at nearly $1 billion
- UK/Germany/Netherlands/France accounted for $16.8 billion in exports, year 2001
For years now, the airport authority has been saying that Sacramento can sustain flights to Europe, but has not yet made mention to Asia. Despite the proximity (or lack thereof) to non-stop flights ex-SFO, and a sufficiently large catchment area, could SMF potentially sustain 5x weekly or even daily flights to both NRT and LGW/FRA? I'm not asking if BA, LH, or JL would ever consider flights, but rather could SMF fill a 767/787-sized aircraft to these destinations? Perhaps as a tag-on from SAN, even (SAN-SMF-NRT/LGW/FRA)?
On a side note, the master plan is very interesting, especially the replacement plans for Terminal B. Seems as if they want to move to a "big-airport" feel with APM's (automated people movers), dual-level roadways, and a satellite terminal.
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[Edited 2005-06-08 09:25:13]