Foreign invasion

The foreigners are coming.  The foreigners are coming.

The Sac Bee reports today that the Sacramento International Airport is finally becoming worthy of its name:

Sacramento International Airport landed its second foreign carrier Tuesday when Air Canada announced it would begin two daily nonstops between the capital and Vancouver, British Columbia, beginning June 15.

Apparently, this is a coup for the airport, who has been courting Air Canada for years to create more links up the Pacific Coast with Vancouver: 

Sacramento County Supervisor Roger Dickinson, who helped lobby Air Canada to start the service, said he expects an enthusiastic response.

“I think there’s a huge interest here in traveling to British Columbia and vice versa,” he said. “That is an area people love to visit. And there are a lot of people up there interested in coming this way.”

Adding such international air routes to the Sac airport also has the potential for area business as well:

Adding a second international destination not only gives travelers more options but also makes luring business to the region a bit easier, said Barbara Hayes, executive director of the Sacramento Area Commerce and Trade Organization. “Anything we can do to connect us to the rest of the world is a huge asset,” said Hayes.

While the Sacramento Area Commerce and Trade Organization (SACTO) believes this is a positive step, the Adults Demanding Added Morality And Niceness Teaching refrained from commenting until more information was available.

5 thoughts on “Foreign invasion”

  1. You’re right CD, $211 each way isn’t the cheapest out there, and Air Canada generally tends to be more expensive than other airlines, though their service is usually better too. Generally, leaving from SFO tends to be cheaper than SMF for most destinations.

    But, the convenience of not having to drive to SFO is a big selling point, certainly, as well as the two flights per day. It cuts your travel time by at least an hour and a half.

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