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Re: More of the Roar for SMF in 2019...

Fri Mar 15, 2019 3:35 am

Thanks for keeping us up to speed with all the change and growth! Will NK be using Terminal B with Frontier? And glad to have NK around but I would have hoped that AS would add more from here.
 
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Re: More of the Roar for SMF in 2019...

Fri Mar 15, 2019 6:09 pm

viewtopic.php?f=3&t=1417705&start=50

According to this forum, WN will be starting SMF-BNA service in May. Couple posters noted that dates bookable on WN's website is only in the month of May and nothing going forward. I checked southwest.com and found non-stop service May5 - May 31. Hopefully announcement coming soon.
 
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Re: More of the Roar for SMF in 2019...

Sat Mar 16, 2019 3:17 pm

Looks like the airport is now considering a new rental car facility: https://www.bizjournals.com/sacramento/ ... ility.html

Since its a paywall, here are some highlights from the article:
"Sacramento International Airport has the funding now to start design work for a new rental car facility, but building the facility itself is not quite on the runway yet."
"Tuesday, county supervisors approved a $10 per-transaction charge on car rentals to help pay for the steps"
"In addition to being out of date, the current rental car facility, on Aviation Drive near the long-term parking lot, is out of room"
"Nichol said one possibility is moving the rental car facility closer to the airport’s two terminals. That has the advantage of reducing shuttle traffic from terminals to car rental agencies, but it could also mean losing some existing surface parking, she said"
"The county hasn’t yet determined the price tag for that project. But Nichol said the potential range is $50 million to $300 million. Exact costs will depend on such factors as location, design and whether the facility is multistory, for example."

I don't personally use the rental car facility at SMF, but it will be nice for people visiting Sacramento to not have to use a shuttle to get to the existing car rental facility. I'm hoping the west parking garage finally gets built and they convert some of the ground space in the existing terminal A garage into the rental car facility. The garage is right in between the two terminals making it a good location for passengers coming in through either terminal.
 
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Re: More of the Roar for SMF in 2019...

Sat Mar 16, 2019 8:13 pm

Still don’t understand the May only SMF-BNA service. I can’t tell if it’s some glitch in the reservation system or what. Very oddball
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Re: More of the Roar for SMF in 2019...

Sat Mar 16, 2019 8:39 pm

southwest1675 wrote:
Still don’t understand the May only SMF-BNA service. I can’t tell if it’s some glitch in the reservation system or what. Very oddball

You can always contact Southwest Airlines and ask.
Why endure the nightmare and congestion of LAX when BUR, LGB, ONT & SNA is so much easier to fly in and out of. Same with OAK & SJC when it comes to SFO.
 
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Re: More of the Roar for SMF in 2019...

Sat Mar 16, 2019 8:54 pm

southwest1675 wrote:
Still don’t understand the May only SMF-BNA service. I can’t tell if it’s some glitch in the reservation system or what. Very oddball


WN just readjust the Spring and Summer Schedules due to the current MAX8 grounding.
Estimated minimum grounding will be 3 to 5 months if it's more than a software problem.
So WN Had to retimed and adjusted to cover the 34 missing MAX8 aircraft from the schedule that equivalent to around 300 or so flights.
I'm gonna guess since BNA-SMF was new and booking we're probably not strong it was a easy market to pull until a later date.
Good news is SMF-Hawaii still coming in a few months.

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Re: More of the Roar for SMF in 2019...

Sun Mar 17, 2019 1:57 pm

southwest1675 wrote:
Still don’t understand the May only SMF-BNA service. I can’t tell if it’s some glitch in the reservation system or what. Very oddball


Other thing is that it wasn't announced, it just showed up on the reservation system. Maybe they'll announce it with the Hawaii announcement or the MAX issues are ironed out.
 
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Re: More of the Roar for SMF in 2019...

Sun Mar 17, 2019 2:31 pm

Noticed on enilria's OAG guide that Southwest's SMF-HOU goes daily in August. Not sure if that had been announced...
 
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Re: More of the Roar for SMF in 2019...

Sun Mar 17, 2019 3:09 pm

williaminsd wrote:
Noticed on enilria's OAG guide that Southwest's SMF-HOU goes daily in August. Not sure if that had been announced...


I don't think WN announces additional frequencies on pre-existing routes so we have to rely on the OAG guide for that. Looks like a couple other added frequencies as well:
WN BUR-SMF OCT 0.4>11[8] NOV 0>0.6[8]
WN DEN-SMF OCT 0.2>5[4] NOV 0>0.3[4]
WN HOU-SMF AUG 0.0>0.9[0] SEP 0>1.0[0] OCT 0>1.0[0]
WN LGB-SMF JUL 2.0>4[2] OCT 0.1>2[3]
WN SAN-SMF OCT 0.5>14[11] NOV 0>0.8[12]

Surprised BUR is getting a lot of love
 
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Re: More of the Roar for SMF in 2019...

Tue Mar 26, 2019 12:15 pm

Article in Sacramento Bee re growing pains at SMF. Administration says, "We recognize we have not kept pace with the demand,” and have asked airlines to start sharing gates. Says they need at least six additional gates now to add to the present 31, and that discussions with airlines have already begun.

Not clear yet if new gates would be added to Concourse "A" or "B" or some combination, but have hired consultant to make recommendations. Project estimated to cost $200,000,000 and take four years (I think both figures are pretty optimistic).

Although airport revenues are at record highs, airport still paying-off the sizable debt from the Terminal/Concourse "B" construction (opened in 2011) and new revenue needs to be identified to pay for project (but every airport makes that claim).

Also under review are the rental car facilities (Still an absolute mess, but seems a little better as we move into Spring. We'll see.), shared-ride access and parking. No mention of light rail or other public transport.

Next month airport starts a project to rebuild west runway (34L/16R). This $10,000,000 project should be completed in October of this year. Airport expects no significant delays during construction. Does not mention if the runway is going to be lengthened, but the long-range plan shows the eastern runway (34R/16L) designated for lengthening, not the western runway. Probably not going to happen with this project then.

Airport also running out of RON space.

Offcials note things could get worse with three new airlines (Sun Country, Spirit and Contour) already announcing service to airport starting this Summer.

Nice problem to have, especially after taking so much grief for claims of building an unnecessary "Taj Mahal" Terminal in 2011, but a problem nonetheless, especially on the services/support side. Wonder if they'll reconsider making Terminal "A" a concourse only and consolidating all landside ops into Terminal "B."

https://www.sacbee.com/news/local/trans ... 50104.html
 
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Re: More of the Roar for SMF in 2019...

Tue Mar 26, 2019 11:40 pm

Terminal A was built with the intent to expand it fairly easily. The ex-HP, now AA concourse was built shorter than the other concourse, but with the long-term expectation of lengthening it. Also, the ticketing area was built for an easy addition, beyond what was the original WN counter. (I worked at SMF for 24 years, including during Terminal A construction, but left the area now 13 years ago and sadly have not seen the airport since before the new Terminal B project, so I'm not exactly certain who is where in Terminal A now.)

As to running out of space: I'm not surprised. Other than the economic downturn since 9/11, SMF has always grown faster than conceived. Somewhere around here, I have a copy of the original "Sacramento Magazine" with a cover story on the airport published in 1975. At that point, it said SMF was already operating at 4 times the expected capacity of the design that opened in 1967. The cover picture shows 3 UA DC-8s in their original livery and a WA 727 on gates; additional pics include PSA.

The Commuter Terminal (later the first International Arrivals Building) was added, and the Gates 30-36 concourse was expanded. Some may remember it originally had the 32/34/36 gates and the center aisle, but the Gates 31- side had a pop-out midway down the concourse with a broad spiraling ramp down the the ground level AirWest gates, serving the FH227. By the time I started working at SMF in 1979, that concourse had been redeveloped to it's eventual full width, with upper level gates and JetWays. Air California moved to Gate 33 from what thereafter was the dedicated Commuter Terminal, and I believe that was OC's first jet bridge in their system. Incidentally, that jet bridge had to be reinstalled on a shorter pedestal so it could go low enough the mate with the BAe-146.
Other projects over time included filling in the sunken garden adjacent to the central restaurant building (did you know there were conference rooms downstairs under the restaurant and bar?), in order to build the in-fill structures to add the additional baggage claim areas; jet bridges were added to the ends of both concourses; the ticketing and bag room areas were expanded outward to add space for Air California/AirCal and, later, Frontier 1.0, resulting in the closure of ground level Gates 20 and 30; Gate 25 was added for AA; the Western Horizon Club between Gates 21 and 23 was given up to new restrooms, and the UA Red Carpet Room reduced to give space to the snack bar. Ticket counters were squeezed in against the back wall opposite the baggage carousels for HP and AS. Rental Car counters left the terminals when the new central car rental building opened across the airport, and the 4 or 5(?) individual car rental lots and buildings removed, to add long term auto parking. The rental car companies used to have their own buses trolling the boulevard, so traffic was actually reduced with the airport's big blue buses hauling folks to/from the consolidated rental facility.

Host originally did the aircraft catering from the kitchen under the central restaurant, also providing room service meals for the Host Hotel. There was a tunnel under the road connecting the hotel with the restaurant building, and the bellman would escort customers to check-in, with bags on a cart, and hungry hotel guests could use it or just cross at street level to the restaurant as there wasn't one in the hotel. Eventually a new aircraft catering building was created, as was another freight terminal. (I think Cessna was there from the beginning.) The ramp went through several expansions for the RON space, FedEx space and later the East runway and taxiways were built. The County admin building was erected, moving airport offices and the Sheriff's office out of the concourses, freeing up more airline and vendor space. And of course, the Commuter Terminal was doubled in size and completely rebuilt inside to become the International Arrivals building. Much later came Terminal A, and most recently the Terminal B replacement. And yet now, all of that is out of space again.
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Re: More of the Roar for SMF in 2019...

Wed Mar 27, 2019 1:57 am

williaminsd wrote:
Article in Sacramento Bee re growing pains at SMF. Administration says, "We recognize we have not kept pace with the demand,” and have asked airlines to start sharing gates. Says they need at least six additional gates now to add to the present 31, and that discussions with airlines have already begun.

Not clear yet if new gates would be added to Concourse "A" or "B" or some combination, but have hired consultant to make recommendations. Project estimated to cost $200,000,000 and take four years (I think both figures are pretty optimistic).

Although airport revenues are at record highs, airport still paying-off the sizable debt from the Terminal/Concourse "B" construction (opened in 2011) and new revenue needs to be identified to pay for project (but every airport makes that claim).

Also under review are the rental car facilities (Still an absolute mess, but seems a little better as we move into Spring. We'll see.), shared-ride access and parking. No mention of light rail or other public transport.

Next month airport starts a project to rebuild west runway (34L/16R). This $10,000,000 project should be completed in October of this year. Airport expects no significant delays during construction. Does not mention if the runway is going to be lengthened, but the long-range plan shows the eastern runway (34R/16L) designated for lengthening, not the western runway. Probably not going to happen with this project then.

Airport also running out of RON space.

Offcials note things could get worse with three new airlines (Sun Country, Spirit and Contour) already announcing service to airport starting this Summer.

Nice problem to have, especially after taking so much grief for claims of building an unnecessary "Taj Mahal" Terminal in 2011, but a problem nonetheless, especially on the services/support side. Wonder if they'll reconsider making Terminal "A" a concourse only and consolidating all landside ops into Terminal "B."

https://www.sacbee.com/news/local/trans ... 50104.html



The article mentions that the addition of Spirit, Contour, and Sun Country would add to the congestion but also states that most of the crunch on gate space is occurring during the morning rush 5a-7am. None of those airlines will be operating at those hours (Spirit and Contour operate during the day, and Sun Country as a red eye). From my experience with SMF, the airport is pretty packed in the mornings as they say, but after 8am there is markedly less traffic and after 2pm terminal A is a ghost town. I understand the legacies need to leave first thing in the morning for their flights to make the proper bank times at their respective hubs, but it leaves the gate utilization for the rest of the day horrendous. I don't think the airport should be considering spending $200mil+ on more gates, but they can perhaps move around some of the airlines for better utilization since it seems the eastern half of terminal B has some gates that go unused for most of the day (B6/8/10/11). I would perhaps move American over to Terminal B and then move Spirit, Frontier, Sun Country, and JetBlue over to Terminal A. This would help to spread out the flights in terminal A throughout the day and relieve the security congestion that occurs in the morning as none of those mentioned airlines have departures in the 5am-8am time frame. Terminal B's larger security area would be able to absorb AA's passengers and I'm sure AA and AS don't mind being in the same terminal as they have some sort of limited codeshare with each other. I understand why all the legacies need to be in the same terminal since they all have similar departure times, it creates that mess in the mornings.

Dolphinflyer noted that the airport is considering re-opening gate A11 at some point after it was taken out to make room for the baggage facility. I believe he said they would have to realign the gate markings for 11/13/15/17 and offset the A11 gate slightly to the north with a short corridor out of the current gate.

With the "impending recession" all the media outlets keep speaking of, I would definitely hash out the plans for an expansion now, but not build until the next economic cycle as there's no guarantee the airport will continue to sustain its current revenue going forward. The airport should focus on amortizing the terminal B loans, saving money for future expansion, as well as keeping the per passenger fees at their current levels. Expansion and increasing passenger fees just makes ULCC's run away allowing the bigger carriers to have a tighter grip on fares.
 
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Re: More of the Roar for SMF in 2019...

Wed Mar 27, 2019 12:17 pm

Wingtips56 wrote:
Terminal A was built with the intent to expand it fairly easily. The ex-HP, now AA concourse was built shorter than the other concourse, but with the long-term expectation of lengthening it. Also, the ticketing area was built for an easy addition, beyond what was the original WN counter. (I worked at SMF for 24 years, including during Terminal A construction, but left the area now 13 years ago and sadly have not seen the airport since before the new Terminal B project, so I'm not exactly certain who is where in Terminal A now.)

As to running out of space: I'm not surprised. Other than the economic downturn since 9/11, SMF has always grown faster than conceived. Somewhere around here, I have a copy of the original "Sacramento Magazine" with a cover story on the airport published in 1975. At that point, it said SMF was already operating at 4 times the expected capacity of the design that opened in 1967. The cover picture shows 3 UA DC-8s in their original livery and a WA 727 on gates; additional pics include PSA.

The Commuter Terminal (later the first International Arrivals Building) was added, and the Gates 30-36 concourse was expanded. Some may remember it originally had the 32/34/36 gates and the center aisle, but the Gates 31- side had a pop-out midway down the concourse with a broad spiraling ramp down the the ground level AirWest gates, serving the FH227. By the time I started working at SMF in 1979, that concourse had been redeveloped to it's eventual full width, with upper level gates and JetWays. Air California moved to Gate 33 from what thereafter was the dedicated Commuter Terminal, and I believe that was OC's first jet bridge in their system. Incidentally, that jet bridge had to be reinstalled on a shorter pedestal so it could go low enough the mate with the BAe-146.
Other projects over time included filling in the sunken garden adjacent to the central restaurant building (did you know there were conference rooms downstairs under the restaurant and bar?), in order to build the in-fill structures to add the additional baggage claim areas; jet bridges were added to the ends of both concourses; the ticketing and bag room areas were expanded outward to add space for Air California/AirCal and, later, Frontier 1.0, resulting in the closure of ground level Gates 20 and 30; Gate 25 was added for AA; the Western Horizon Club between Gates 21 and 23 was given up to new restrooms, and the UA Red Carpet Room reduced to give space to the snack bar. Ticket counters were squeezed in against the back wall opposite the baggage carousels for HP and AS. Rental Car counters left the terminals when the new central car rental building opened across the airport, and the 4 or 5(?) individual car rental lots and buildings removed, to add long term auto parking. The rental car companies used to have their own buses trolling the boulevard, so traffic was actually reduced with the airport's big blue buses hauling folks to/from the consolidated rental facility.

Host originally did the aircraft catering from the kitchen under the central restaurant, also providing room service meals for the Host Hotel. There was a tunnel under the road connecting the hotel with the restaurant building, and the bellman would escort customers to check-in, with bags on a cart, and hungry hotel guests could use it or just cross at street level to the restaurant as there wasn't one in the hotel. Eventually a new aircraft catering building was created, as was another freight terminal. (I think Cessna was there from the beginning.) The ramp went through several expansions for the RON space, FedEx space and later the East runway and taxiways were built. The County admin building was erected, moving airport offices and the Sheriff's office out of the concourses, freeing up more airline and vendor space. And of course, the Commuter Terminal was doubled in size and completely rebuilt inside to become the International Arrivals building. Much later came Terminal A, and most recently the Terminal B replacement. And yet now, all of that is out of space again.


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Re: More of the Roar for SMF in 2019...

Tue Apr 02, 2019 7:15 pm

from the OAG forums from enilria:

UA ORD-SMF OCT 2>3[3] NOV 1.8>3[2] DEC 1.9>3[1.9] JAN 1.9>3[2.0]
DL MSP-SMF SEP 2>1.9[2] OCT 2>1.8[2] NOV 2>1.7[1.8]

I suspect DL is reducing capacity to MSP slightly after summer to even out the capacity between MSP and DTW. Looks like DL has moved their MSP service to daytime only to allow DTW to capture the red-eye out of SMF as previously DL had used MSP for red-eyes (other than ATL) out of SMF.
 
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Re: More of the Roar for SMF in 2019...

Tue Apr 02, 2019 7:49 pm

There are two gates dedicated to international service in Terminal B. Could these not be used for domestic departures and arrivals? Most of the international service is in the late evening or close to midnight. The gate that Frontier uses for their evening LAS flight is empty during most of the day. It seems to me better usage of the existing gates is the challenge. As mentioned many gates sit unoccupied during a good part of the day.
 
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Re: More of the Roar for SMF in 2019...

Tue Apr 02, 2019 7:51 pm

There are two gates dedicated to international service in Terminal B. Could these not be used for domestic departures and arrivals? Most of the international service is in the late evening or close to midnight. The gate that Frontier uses for their evening LAS flight is empty during most of the day. It seems to me better usage of the existing gates is the challenge. As mentioned many gates sit unoccupied during a good part of the day.
 
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Re: More of the Roar for SMF in 2019...

Wed Apr 03, 2019 1:18 am

DesertAir wrote:
There are two gates dedicated to international service in Terminal B. Could these not be used for domestic departures and arrivals? Most of the international service is in the late evening or close to midnight. The gate that Frontier uses for their evening LAS flight is empty during most of the day. It seems to me better usage of the existing gates is the challenge. As mentioned many gates sit unoccupied during a good part of the day.


I believe the international gates can be used for normal domestic operations, but haven't ever been used in that sense since there was enough gate space elsewhere. Curious to see where HA parked their 2nd A321 as today was their inaugural service, FlightAware shows it departed out of gate B10 (B10/B8 being the international gates). So I guess today was the first time the airport has used those gates for a regularly scheduled flight. But again the HA flights leave early morning leaving B4, B8, B10 empty for the rest of the day. Like I mentioned before, Spirit and Contour will be operating during the day outside of the morning rush hours, and Sun Country as a red eye so all those open gates have enough capacity to absorb the incoming airlines. I know the airport touts that it has shared facilities allowing any airline to operate at any gate and any checkin counter as needed so again I still don't see what the big deal on needing to expand is all about.

The only real issue with the airport I see in the short term is the people mover's passenger capacity. It seems to be overwhelmed in the morning with trying to shuttle people from the terminal to airside. I don't remember where I heard this from, but an additional car can be added to the people mover to double the capacity. I've confirmed this by actually personally looking at the people mover boarding area that has doors and platform area to support the second car.

Another thing to point point out is that WN is very efficient with their gate usage. They operate out of 11 gates with 90+ flights daily resulting in a utilization rate of about 8 flights/gate. The rest of the airlines have utilization of 1-5 flights/day. So there's definitely capacity to add flights without needing to build expensive new gates. Unless the airlines are needing gates during the morning rush, I would swap some carriers between the terminals as B has enough open gates in the morning.
 
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Re: More of the Roar for SMF in 2019...

Mon Apr 08, 2019 6:45 pm

New OAG changes:
DL DTW-SMF SEP 0.8>0.6[0]
F9 DEN-SMF AUG 0.2>0.5[0.5] OCT 0>0.5[0.6] NOV 0>0.3[0.5]
F9 LAS-SMF AUG 0.4>0.9[0.3] SEP 0>1.0[0.3] OCT 0>1.0[0.3] NOV 0>0.4[0.3]
 
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Re: More of the Roar for SMF in 2019...

Mon Apr 08, 2019 10:06 pm

smflyer wrote:
New OAG changes:
DL DTW-SMF SEP 0.8>0.6[0]


As a loyal Delta flyer - about once a week over the past month with the same on tap -- the issue for me is, there aren't may places that DTW is a better connecting option than ATL or MSP or SLC. About the only places that I fly to that would make sense to connect in DTW on the return would be PVD or MDT where previously, connecting in DTW meant a 2 stop home (XXX-DTW-MSP-SMF). Sorry klm617. I really wanted to make this happen for you.
 
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Re: More of the Roar for SMF in 2019...

Mon Apr 08, 2019 11:03 pm

Justapax wrote:
smflyer wrote:
New OAG changes:
DL DTW-SMF SEP 0.8>0.6[0]


As a loyal Delta flyer - about once a week over the past month with the same on tap -- the issue for me is, there aren't may places that DTW is a better connecting option than ATL or MSP or SLC. About the only places that I fly to that would make sense to connect in DTW on the return would be PVD or MDT where previously, connecting in DTW meant a 2 stop home (XXX-DTW-MSP-SMF). Sorry klm617. I really wanted to make this happen for you.


I agree, DTW has the least connectable dots when linking SMF to the DL network. I have a feeling DL added this route just simply to connect the dot to DTW. I'm assuming that since DTW and MSP serve similar connectable markets out of SMF, the addition of the SMF-DTW redeye led to DL removing the SMF-MSP redeye for this summer's schedule. DL did however increase the afternoon departure for SMF-MSP to 2x daily for a total 3x daily including the morning departure.
 
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Re: More of the Roar for SMF in 2019...

Tue Apr 09, 2019 12:03 am

smflyer wrote:
Justapax wrote:
smflyer wrote:
New OAG changes:
DL DTW-SMF SEP 0.8>0.6[0]


As a loyal Delta flyer - about once a week over the past month with the same on tap -- the issue for me is, there aren't may places that DTW is a better connecting option than ATL or MSP or SLC. About the only places that I fly to that would make sense to connect in DTW on the return would be PVD or MDT where previously, connecting in DTW meant a 2 stop home (XXX-DTW-MSP-SMF). Sorry klm617. I really wanted to make this happen for you.


I agree, DTW has the least connectable dots when linking SMF to the DL network. I have a feeling DL added this route just simply to connect the dot to DTW. I'm assuming that since DTW and MSP serve similar connectable markets out of SMF, the addition of the SMF-DTW redeye led to DL removing the SMF-MSP redeye for this summer's schedule. DL did however increase the afternoon departure for SMF-MSP to 2x daily for a total 3x daily including the morning departure.


The SMF-DTW redeye moves to a noonish EB return beginning in September, so the DTW-SMF flight will turn around and fly back to DTW. Interesting that at this point, DL shows the SMF-DTW flight as operating n/s M-F only, not Sa/Su during Sep/Oct.

You might have noticed that Sun Country will step-up the SMF-MSP service to daily/near daily during Sept/Oct with the evening WB and redeye return, so the SMF-MSP market will have a good balance between the DL and SY flights.

International gates B8 and B10 can be used for domestic flights during hours when the gates are not dedicated to international services. As smflyer rightly notes, given the increased number of flights and airlines at SMF, those gates will become increasingly used for domestic services during the day.
 
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Re: More of the Roar for SMF in 2019...

Thu Apr 11, 2019 7:38 pm

The March 2019 traffic statistics are out. SMF handled 1,047,798 passengers during the month, up 9.1% yoy on a 20.6% seat capacity increase. Interesting to note that SMF surpassed the million passenger mark two months earlier than last year, that suggests SMF will handle in excess of a million passengers in 10 out of the 12 months in 2019! Strongest yoy monthly gains were registered by Hawaiian, Southwest, United and Volaris. 2019 is shaping up to be another solid growth year for SMF!
 
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Re: More of the Roar for SMF in 2019...

Sat Apr 13, 2019 4:20 pm

dolphinflyer wrote:
The March 2019 traffic statistics are out. SMF handled 1,047,798 passengers during the month, up 9.1% yoy on a 20.6% seat capacity increase. Interesting to note that SMF surpassed the million passenger mark two months earlier than last year, that suggests SMF will handle in excess of a million passengers in 10 out of the 12 months in 2019! Strongest yoy monthly gains were registered by Hawaiian, Southwest, United and Volaris. 2019 is shaping up to be another solid growth year for SMF!


And SMF continues its roll! Interesting to note the 20% increase in seat capacity, looks like airlines were a little too bullish on SMF as it seems they've added a bit too much capacity a little early but I have no doubt that the capacity will be gobbled up by travelers going into April/May and in to the peak travel season this summer.

And Volaris does also seem to be on a roll at SMF as my WN flight came in around the same time as a Volaris flight and there were a ton of latino family members waiting near the baggage claim. With the recent addition of Leon and the 2x daily to Guadalajara, I wonder if either Aeromexico/Volaris will be adding a new destination from SMF soon as there seems to be strong VFR demand to/from Mexico lately. Perhaps Morelia and/or Mexico City? Those were served from SMF at some point in the past if I remember correctly.
 
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Re: More of the Roar for SMF in 2019...

Sat Apr 13, 2019 10:04 pm

1) Where are you getting the March 2019 traffic stats? I patiently wait for the SMF website/reports/SCAS to be updated and it takes them weeks.
2) I think Puerto Vallarta non-stops 2-3 times a week might work, but now having said that, the WN Hawaii flights might be favored by the local beach goers.
 
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Re: More of the Roar for SMF in 2019...

Tue Apr 16, 2019 9:22 pm

smfnorcalflyer wrote:
1) Where are you getting the March 2019 traffic stats? I patiently wait for the SMF website/reports/SCAS to be updated and it takes them weeks.
2) I think Puerto Vallarta non-stops 2-3 times a week might work, but now having said that, the WN Hawaii flights might be favored by the local beach goers.


I believe dolphin flyer works for the airport so he must have access to this information before they release it.

I have a feeling we won't be seeing any WN flights to Hawaii out of SMF until the 737max issues are resolved as they are still cancelling flight out into august so it doesn't make sense to be adding routes without having any planes on hand. I guess this makes for a good opportunity for HA and AS to continue milking the SMF market. I know AS also has a shortage of planes, but maybe they could possibly add service to Puerto Vallarta preemptively before WN gets a chance at that market. It would probably be limited service like the Cabo route as both WN/AS serve that 1x/weekly.

I saw that the Contour service to SBA started today, I wonder if the bookings are strong or weak so far and what type of marketing Contour is doing to spread the word.
 
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Re: More of the Roar for SMF in 2019...

Sun Apr 28, 2019 6:20 pm

Looks like Boutique Air is coming to SMF, moving the EAS service from Merced-Oakland to Merced-SMF starting May 15.

Daily service lv MCE at 11:41, ar SMF at 12:21. Return trip Lv SMF at 1:00, ar MCE at 1:40. Service is 2x on Sundays with a red-eye turn. Apparently city/airline leaders think that Boutique can better utilize op agreement with United by connecting in Sacramento vs Oakland. Already bookable. Introductory fare as low as $28.00 each way at Boutique website! (May 16) Hat-tip Enilria.
 
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Re: More of the Roar for SMF in 2019...

Sun Apr 28, 2019 8:29 pm

williaminsd wrote:
Looks like Boutique Air is coming to SMF, moving the EAS service from Merced-Oakland to Merced-SMF starting May 15.

Daily service lv MCE at 11:41, ar SMF at 12:21. Return trip Lv SMF at 1:00, ar MCE at 1:40. Service is 2x on Sundays with a red-eye turn. Apparently city/airline leaders think that Boutique can better utilize op agreement with United by connecting in Sacramento vs Oakland. Already bookable. Introductory fare as low as $28.00 each way at Boutique website! (May 16) Hat-tip Enilria.


As per the discussion in the OAG forum, it looks like Boutique will have also have interline agreements with American at SMF. The 12:21 arrival time lines up pretty well with the UA/AA's lunch time arrival/departures to DEN, ORD, IAH, PHX, DFW.

Some of the forum members have pointed out in the schedule change, WN MCO-SMF JUL 0.7>0.1[1.0], indicates that the route is being temporarily dropped due to the MAX fleet issues. No other routes out of SMF appear to be affected due to the 737 MAX issues. I did see the MCO flight out of OAK and SJC are also being temporarily dropped.
 
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Re: More of the Roar for SMF in 2019...

Tue May 07, 2019 3:22 pm

Dolphinflyer, you got any info on the April numbers? Hows the east runway resurfacing coming along? And what's going on with A13, I saw the jet bridge lowered to the ground (with some orange barriers? it was dark so I couldn't see too well) when I came in last week. Are they finally re-aligning the parking spaces to re-open A11?
 
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Re: More of the Roar for SMF in 2019...

Sun May 12, 2019 2:56 pm

AM GDL-SMF DEC 1.0>1.4[1.0] JAN 1.0>1.3[1.0]

And the Mexican carriers continue to grow. I wonder why travel to Mexico has been on a roll recently? Possibly a some combination of increasing Mexican population in the area, increasing socio-economic well being of Mexicans in the thriving local economy, two carriers competing for affordable fares, and increased tourism.
 
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Re: More of the Roar for SMF in 2019...

Wed May 15, 2019 6:48 pm

SMF handled 1,079,861 passengers during the month of April 2019, marking an 11.6% increase yoy on an 11.1% seat capacity increase. Carriers registering double-digit yoy traffic increases include: Aeromexico, Alaska, Hawaiian, United and Volaris. Alaska, Hawaiian, United and Volaris registered double-digit seat capacity increases yoy.

Interesting to note that the April 2019 traffic figures outperformed those of August 2018 and October 2018. Passenger traffic growth continues at a healthy pace, not to mention the new service that commences this month and next with Sun Country, Delta and Spirit.
 
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Re: More of the Roar for SMF in 2019...

Thu May 16, 2019 8:47 pm

dolphinflyer wrote:
SMF handled 1,079,861 passengers during the month of April 2019, marking an 11.6% increase yoy on an 11.1% seat capacity increase. Carriers registering double-digit yoy traffic increases include: Aeromexico, Alaska, Hawaiian, United and Volaris. Alaska, Hawaiian, United and Volaris registered double-digit seat capacity increases yoy.

Interesting to note that the April 2019 traffic figures outperformed those of August 2018 and October 2018. Passenger traffic growth continues at a healthy pace, not to mention the new service that commences this month and next with Sun Country, Delta and Spirit.


Thanks for the update Dolphin. Really good to have an insider able to get these numbers out early to those of us interested.

The April number is remarkable in that it means that SMF has handled over 1,000,000 passengers a month for 10 of the last 12. With the April total in, SMF accommodated 3,901,942 for the first four months of 2019, an increase of 347,271 from the same period last year, or 9.8%.

The two months coming in at less that 1 million in the last 12 months are January and February, traditionally the slowest months of the year at SMF (and air traffic in general), and both up over 9% YoY with each showing increases of over 70,000 pax.

At 860,854, February will undoubtedly be the lowest pax total of this year. Just five years ago, that total would have been the busiest of the year.

March totals (the latest publicly posted) reflect the gains you show above. Of particular note is Volaris’ international traffic up over 26% from 2018, and Air Canada with a 80% LF for it’s daily flight to Vancouver during the three slowest months of the year.

SMF must grow by 8% in 2019 to reach that next milestone of 13,000,000 pax. I have to think with the additional capacity coming online in the next month (including two new airlines!), that goal is absolutely possible.

Question for you: on the SMF website, the flight status page shows the new service from Merced on Boutique Airlines using Gate B4 in Concourse B. My understanding is that the change from Oakland to SMF was to better utilize the Boutique agreement with United. United gates are in Concourse A. Is there some kind of shuttle or other service to take connecting passengers between concourses without having to change terminals and go through security again?

Thanks again for getting the numbers out before publicly available!
 
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Re: More of the Roar for SMF in 2019...

Thu May 16, 2019 9:59 pm

williaminsd wrote:
dolphinflyer wrote:
Question for you: on the SMF website, the flight status page shows the new service from Merced on Boutique Airlines using Gate B4 in Concourse B. My understanding is that the change from Oakland to SMF was to better utilize the Boutique agreement with United. United gates are in Concourse A. Is there some kind of shuttle or other service to take connecting passengers between concourses without having to change terminals and go through security again?

Thanks again for getting the numbers out before publicly available!


Great point SD. Our preference would have been for Boutique to operate from Terminal A, but it's chockers full at present (plus, we have one jetbridge out of service each month for the next year or so as we replace all of the Terminal A jetbridges with brand-new ones). Boutique seems to be happy to operate from Terminal B, but I too was concerned from a customer service standpoint. No, there will be no trans-tarmac van service. Boutique passengers going to/from UA in Terminal A will need to exit security and re-enter in the other terminal. Less than optimal, but best we can do at this point.
 
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Re: More of the Roar for SMF in 2019...

Thu May 16, 2019 10:05 pm

dolphinflyer wrote:
williaminsd wrote:
dolphinflyer wrote:
Question for you: on the SMF website, the flight status page shows the new service from Merced on Boutique Airlines using Gate B4 in Concourse B. My understanding is that the change from Oakland to SMF was to better utilize the Boutique agreement with United. United gates are in Concourse A. Is there some kind of shuttle or other service to take connecting passengers between concourses without having to change terminals and go through security again?

Thanks again for getting the numbers out before publicly available!


Great point SD. Our preference would have been for Boutique to operate from Terminal A, but it's chockers full at present (plus, we have one jetbridge out of service each month for the next year or so as we replace all of the Terminal A jetbridges with brand-new ones). Boutique seems to be happy to operate from Terminal B, but I too was concerned from a customer service standpoint. No, there will be no trans-tarmac van service. Boutique passengers going to/from UA in Terminal A will need to exit security and re-enter in the other terminal. Less than optimal, but best we can do at this point.


Thank you for the reply Dolphin.

We'll see how it plays out for them.

In the first two days of operations, both in-bounds have run late, so it could become an issue.

I really think this could be the start of something big for Boutique and SMF.

If MCE is successful, I could see Boutique doing RDD and CEC/ACV as well, maybe more. Keeping my fingers crossed...

PS - being "chockers full" in a legacy terminal is a GREAT problem to have...
 
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Re: More of the Roar for SMF in 2019...

Fri May 17, 2019 12:23 am

MCE is subsidized. RDD and ACV would not be. And CEC currently is AEAS to Contour. So the Boutique flying would be at-risk. Do they do much of that? Meanwhile, I'm trying to figure out how to get my sister-in-law from SMF to CEC for her annual visit this fall. Boutique picking it up would be nice!
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Re: More of the Roar for SMF in 2019...

Fri May 17, 2019 12:36 am

On a side-bar note, there is a report in the Sacramento Business Journal (16MAY) on Luxe Air wanting to fly Silicon Valley (I dislike that term) commuters from the Sacramento area. The article is behind a paywall, but essentially, Luxe Air out of McClellan (MCC) is proposing scheduled charter commuter flights from Mather Field (MHR) to San Carlos (SQL) and SJC. Beech King Air. Three month trial basis. At $350 round-trip, I think it's too much for Joe Employee slogging it out on the freeways, and Joe High Muckymuck probably already has his/her own plane/charter.
Luxe Air web addresses exist but there is no content yet.

I don't really want to clog up this pristine SMF thread, so if this actually gets going, perhaps it should have it's own thread.
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Re: More of the Roar for SMF in 2019...

Fri May 17, 2019 2:26 am

I’ve noticed very high loads on the recent SMF-SBA-SMF flights. Lots of sold out dates according to their website. And those are at times that don’t allow a day trip for business traveler. Prices at $200 each way seem the norm too
 
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Re: More of the Roar for SMF in 2019...

Fri May 17, 2019 4:47 pm

dolphinflyer wrote:
williaminsd wrote:
dolphinflyer wrote:
Question for you: on the SMF website, the flight status page shows the new service from Merced on Boutique Airlines using Gate B4 in Concourse B. My understanding is that the change from Oakland to SMF was to better utilize the Boutique agreement with United. United gates are in Concourse A. Is there some kind of shuttle or other service to take connecting passengers between concourses without having to change terminals and go through security again?

Thanks again for getting the numbers out before publicly available!


Great point SD. Our preference would have been for Boutique to operate from Terminal A, but it's chockers full at present (plus, we have one jetbridge out of service each month for the next year or so as we replace all of the Terminal A jetbridges with brand-new ones). Boutique seems to be happy to operate from Terminal B, but I too was concerned from a customer service standpoint. No, there will be no trans-tarmac van service. Boutique passengers going to/from UA in Terminal A will need to exit security and re-enter in the other terminal. Less than optimal, but best we can do at this point.


Are you guys still bringing A11 back online or is that still a ways off? And whats the reason for the new jet bridges? were the old ones falling apart or something? I really wish we got some of those glass jet bridges like they have in Europe, but I bet those are expensive.

And yeah terminal A is definitely "chockers full" around noon when the legacies roll in to make their mid-day turn arounds.

And congrats to United in overtaking AA as the leading legacy carrier by passenger count in the month of April! And it appears DL is quickly closing in on AA on passenger count and appears just 2000 passengers shy of beating AA. UA with the 3x daily to ORD/IAH and DL with the up gauges to SLC/MSP seem to the drivers of growth.

If the Contour flights remain full, I would bet my money on a 2nd daily service and maybe even JetSuiteX will take notice and start service to one of the SoCal airports.

With Spirit and Sun Country starting up soon, the east side of concourse B is finally gonna get pretty busy.

Flying in at night to SMF is a plane spotters dream. Nearly all gates full of planes and parking ramps with planes, planes, and more planes. Its a good problem to have and its good to see the facilities used to their full potential.

And what's the deal with the parking issues? I don't park at the airport as I live in Natomas and can Uber, but I have heard from several people that both the long term parking lots and the parking garage get completely full on occasion. I know there is an overflow lot for the long term parking, but what about the full garage? Going into the summer season, I can't imagine that being very convenient for business travelers who prefer park closer to the terminal for a quick walk to the gates. Is the new combined parking garage / rental car facility still on the table? And what would the timeline for such a project be. As the airport continues to grow, I think parking is probably the most impactful issue to travelers.
 
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Re: More of the Roar for SMF in 2019...

Fri May 17, 2019 6:17 pm

I note a couple of oddities regarding AS ops at SMF on this summer's schedule (effective 6/6.)

Anybody got any idea why almost all of AS's SMF-Hawaii flights -- to/from both OGG and KOA -- originate and terminate in SEA? These days AS does very few tag-ons/thru-one-stop flights (in fact, I'm not aware of any others) but flights 823, 847 and 800 are, to me, very notable exceptions. (OTOH, oddly enough, flight 846 from KOA does terminate in SMF!)

So are the SMF-HI routes unable to support stand-alone flights without help from SEA traffic to fill the flights or is there perhaps a shortage of overnight parking at SMF? It could of course just be ease of a/c scheduling but as I said, AS just doesn't do this sort of thing - thru flights - in their network.

I also note that AS is parking a Q400 in SMF for almost 9 hours every day -- the BOI flight arrives SMF at 9:30am but doesn't depart until after 6pm! Good use of your resources AS...

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Re: More of the Roar for SMF in 2019...

Fri May 17, 2019 8:24 pm

A11 will come back online as part of the jetbridge replacement project in Terminal A over the next 12 months or so.

Parking issues should ease somewhat once the newly surfaced spots in the Economy lot come back online (600+ spots). Work should be completed shortly.

I think AS schedules the SMF-Hawaii flights as throughs to/from SEA as a means of yield-managing some of that SEA-Hawaii traffic flow via SMF

Separately, I checked the year-over-year seat capacity increases at SMF and found the following:

- SMF seat capacity is up 13.4% (Jan-Oct 2019 vs 2018); seat capacity is up 12.7% (May-Oct 2019 vs 2018), so we should expect SMF passenger traffic to be up at least 10% yoy, resulting in 13.2 million passengers handled during CY 2019 (at a minimum). Keep in mind this doesn't include Southwest's new flights to Hawaii (details TBD) and any other new flights that might be announced/added between now and the end of the calendar year. So 2019 is turning out to be another banner traffic and capacity year for SMF!
 
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Re: More of the Roar for SMF in 2019...

Sat May 18, 2019 5:43 pm

smflyer wrote:
AA is flat at essentially no change in traffic yoy, but remain the top legacy carrier by passenger count at SMF


Always think of AA as the West Coast underdog. Totally surprised.

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Re: More of the Roar for SMF in 2019...

Mon May 20, 2019 1:33 pm

Just a few quick notes re the April numbers recently posted...

International traffic up 54% over 2018 lead by Volaris, which recently expanded its schedule out of SMF and is up by over 50%.

Even relatively static AeroMexico is up 15% total over 2018.

Also important to note that Alaska 1x/week service to Cabo is running a 91% LF on a 739 and Southwest is running at 94% on a 737-700.

Domestically...
April is the first full month of 2x/day service from SMF to Hawaii on Hawaiian (1x each to Honolulu and Maui). Planes are flying at a 95% LF. Note that HA has no direct competition on SMF-HNL (yet). Alaska also flies 1x/day to Maui, as well as 3x/week to Kona.

Contour averaged just shy of 70% LF on its first two weeks of daily SMF-SBA.

I also note that AS is parking a Q400 in SMF for almost 9 hours every day -- the BOI flight arrives SMF at 9:30am but doesn't depart until after 6pm! Good use of your resources AS.


Hey BB... maybe they use that Q400 for SMF-PSP this winter?
 
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Re: More of the Roar for SMF in 2019...

Fri May 31, 2019 3:07 pm

That would be awesome if AS opened up a PSP route.

In other news I saw the Escape lounge appears to now be open in Terminal A, not sure if its open yet in terminal B. I checked out the A11 gate area and it appears they have removed both A11 and A13 and replaced them with windows and there is a "new" A11 right in the middle of where A11/13 used to be. Doesn't appear they are making room for a new A13 so I'm assuming we no longer have an A13. But this does make the A11 gate area quite spacious so hopefully DL/AA use their larger 739/321 out of this gate to prevent crowding in the A1-5 area.
 
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Re: More of the Roar for SMF in 2019...

Fri May 31, 2019 4:00 pm

The Escape Lounge in Terminal A had a "soft" opening on May 27. Official grand opening will be in about a month. The Escape lounge in Terminal B will have a "soft" opening around June 10. The jetbridges A11/A13/A15/A17 are being realigned to bring A11 back online (blocked by the baggage sortation area). You will see the positions for those four gates shift slightly as SMF replaces all of the jetbridges in Terminal A with brand-new ones over the next 12 months or so.
 
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Re: More of the Roar for SMF in 2019...

Sat Jun 01, 2019 3:04 pm

dolphinflyer wrote:
The Escape Lounge in Terminal A had a "soft" opening on May 27. Official grand opening will be in about a month. The Escape lounge in Terminal B will have a "soft" opening around June 10. The jetbridges A11/A13/A15/A17 are being realigned to bring A11 back online (blocked by the baggage sortation area). You will see the positions for those four gates shift slightly as SMF replaces all of the jetbridges in Terminal A with brand-new ones over the next 12 months or so.


Ahh I see. So we will re-gain that extra gate soon. And that makes sense the Escape lounge had a soft opening, I didn't see any signs that said they were open and there didn't seem to be anyone inside other than someone at the desk when I walked by. Def considering getting an Amex Platinum to get into the lounge now, but then again the common area seating at SMF is already recently remodeled with power ports making the lounge not that much of a value proposition other than the free food/drinks.
 
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Re: More of the Roar for SMF in 2019...

Fri Jun 07, 2019 9:16 pm

Anyone got the May numbers?
 
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Re: More of the Roar for SMF in 2019...

Fri Jun 07, 2019 11:36 pm

Not yet - sometime between the 10th and 15th. Next week.
 
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Re: More of the Roar for SMF in 2019...

Sat Jun 08, 2019 7:45 am

Will we see any intercontinental flights anytime soon?
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Re: More of the Roar for SMF in 2019...

Sat Jun 08, 2019 8:49 am

smflyer wrote:
jplatts wrote:
ericm2031 wrote:
HOU going daily is definitely likely as well as the addition of BNA. MCI I could maybe see after the new terminal. I'm still wondering if MSY and AUS are sustainable, but then again, BOI and GEG seem to be holding on.


There is more than enough demand for SMF-AUS nonstop service since there was an average of 322 passengers traveling between SMF and AUS per day in Q2 2018, which is more than enough demand to fill a WN 737-700 plane. There might even be enough demand for a 2nd daily nonstop to AUS from SMF on WN since WN is currently the only airline serving AUS nonstop from SMF.

There is also likely enough demand for WN to add daily nonstop service to SAT from SMF since there was an average of 222 passengers a day traveling between SMF and SAT in Q2 2018.


Also to note is that the SMF-AUS is on a 738 most days of the week so that to me is a good indicator that it is a successful route.

Anyone notice that UA right now has 4 red eyes now departing almost daily to their hubs in IAH,ORD,EWR,IAD? Thats a whole lot more than AA which has 2 reds to DFW and CLT respectively, and DL that has a single redeye to ATL. I know in the summer season all 3 majors have more red eyes, but it seems to me UA is running their summer red eye schedule right now...in January which with February are the two least busy months at SMF historically.
From what I remember, the summer red eyes tend to be:
UA: IAH,ORD, EWR, IAD
AA: DFW, CLT, (PHX to connect to a red eye)
DL: ATL, MSP, (DTW starting this summer)



SMF is just another up and coming station for United. It has been growing for quite a while for United and since the Merger has grown even more.
The late night red eyes are from most all the west coast stations.. At ORD the incoming West coast redeyes make up a good portion of the first outbound Bank of departures Probably next you'll see a lot of service to the Hubs to coincide with Europe and Asia Service.
 
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Re: More of the Roar for SMF in 2019...

Wed Jun 12, 2019 3:41 pm

In May 2019, SMF handled 1,152,815 passengers, marking a 9.6% traffic increase yoy on a 6.8% seat capacity increase yoy. This sets an all-time record for a single month, more than 50,000 passengers greater than our previous record set in July 2018. Alaska, Delta, Hawaiian, United and Volaris registered double-digit yoy passenger growth for the month.

SMF seat capacity during 2H2019 is projected to increase 11.1% yoy, while seat capacity for CY2019 is projected to rise 11.9% yoy.
 
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Re: More of the Roar for SMF in 2019...

Wed Jun 12, 2019 10:23 pm

dolphinflyer wrote:
In May 2019, SMF handled 1,152,815 passengers, marking a 9.6% traffic increase yoy on a 6.8% seat capacity increase yoy. This sets an all-time record for a single month, more than 50,000 passengers greater than our previous record set in July 2018. Alaska, Delta, Hawaiian, United and Volaris registered double-digit yoy passenger growth for the month.

SMF seat capacity during 2H2019 is projected to increase 11.1% yoy, while seat capacity for CY2019 is projected to rise 11.9% yoy.


Those are some really strong numbers there, especially with demand outstripping the capacity increase. I've noticed a lot of the flights this summer in/out of SMF are significantly more expensive than last year, so this answers that question. I wonder as to what extent the MAX grounding has on the capacity increases. I know that WN isn't going to bring back BNA service until the MAX is back, MCO is going away for awhile, and I believe WN cut one SAN frequency.

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