Vancouverites who visit the California capital of Sacramento will soon no longer have to change planes in another U.S. city thanks to Air Canada on November 29 announcing plans to have daily non-stop flights between Vancouver International Airport and Sacramento International Airport.
The service launches May 17 and will be on CRA-705 planes, which can seat 75 passengers. The airline plans to designate 10 of those seats for business class.
Flights depart Vancouver at 8:55 a.m. and arrive in Sacramento at 11:05 a.m. Return flights leave Sacramento at 11:45 a.m. and arrive in Vancouver at 1:57 p.m.
“2018 is shaping up to be another phenomenal year for our long-standing airline partner, Air Canada,” said Craig Richmond, president and CEO, Vancouver Airport Authority.
“As Air Canada continues to expand its U.S. routes out of [Vancouver,] Sacramento is a welcome addition and will offer our passengers even more options for travel destination s as well as convenient connections.”
He estimates that the new service will create close to 80 new jobs and contribute $5.8 million to B.C.’s GDP.
The news comes a day after American Airlines announced that it will launch a new route to Vancouver on May 4, 2018. The Fort Worth, Texas-based carrier will add new daily flights between Chicago's O'Hare International Airport and Vancouver International Airport on a seasonal basis.