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New year-round, non-stop flights from Vancouver to Sacramento

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Kenneth Chan Nov 30, 2017 11:53 am 961

Air Canada has announced that it will commence a new flight service between Vancouver and Sacramento, the state capital city of California.

The flights will operate as a year-round, non-stop daily service starting on May 17, 2018.

Flights will depart Vancouver International Airport (YVR) at 8:55 am and arrive at Sacramento International Airport (SMF) at 11:05 am while return flights will depart SMF at 11:45 am and arrive at YVR at 1:57 pm.

The new service will use a 75-seat CRA-705 aircraft.

“We continue to strategically expand our already extensive North American year-round transborder network to offer the only services from Canada to Sacramento,” said Benjamin Smith, President of Passenger Airlines at Air Canada, in a statement.

“As the largest foreign carrier serving the U.S., our new non-stop flights will offer both business and leisure customers travelling between Sacramento and B.C. convenience, and we look forward as well to connecting customers from California’s capital city area onward through our extensive global network at our YVR transpacific hub on North America’s Best Airline as rated by Skytrax.”

It is anticipated the new service will create about 80 new jobs and contribute $5.8 million to BC’s GDP.

Numerous new major services and routes have been launched at YVR over the past few years, propelling the airport’s passenger numbers to new heights. In 2016, passenger numbers reached 22.3 million – up from 20.3 million in 2015, when YVR crossed the 20 million mark for the first time.

Rapid growth is expected to continue for the foreseeable future, with the airport likely to record an excess of 23 million passengers this year. Much of the growth is from Air Canada’s decision to strengthen YVR as its Trans-Pacific hub.

New and improved major YVR routes 2016-18

  • January 1, 2016: Orlando International Airport – WestJet to begin twice weekly non-stop seasonal flight service.
  • January 20, 2016: Orlando-Sanford International Airport – National Airlines to begin two times weekly seasonal flight service.
  • February 15, 2016: Cancun, Mexico – Air Canada to begin weekly, non-stop seasonal service.
  • May 1, 2016: London Heathrow Airport – British Airways to use an AirBus A380 superjumbo jet for its existing daily non-stop London Heathrow Airport service. The A380 will only be used during the summer months.
  • May 6, 2016: London Gatwick Airport – WestJet to begin six times weekly non-stop flight service.
  • May 9, 2016: Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport – Air Canada to begin twice daily, non-stop service to San Jose.
  • June 1, 2016: Brisbane, Australia – Air Canada to begin daily non-stop flight service.
  • June 2, 2016: San Diego International Airport – Air Canada to begin daily, non-stop seasonal service.
  • June 4, 2016: Chicago O’Hare International Airport – Air Canada to begin daily, non-stop service.
  • June 10, 2016: Dublin Airport – Air Canada to begin seasonal, three times weekly non-stop flight service.
  • June 29, 2016: London, Ontario – WestJet to begin four times weekly non-stop seasonal flight service.
  • June 29, 2016: Halifax, Nova Scotia – WestJet to begin four times weekly non-stop seasonal flight service.
  • June 30, 2016: Hamilton, Ontario – WestJet to begin three times weekly non-stop seasonal flight service.
  • July 25, 2016: Xiamen, China – Xiamen Airlines to begin three times weekly non-stop flight service.
  • October 20, 2016: Delhi, India – Air Canada to begin three times weekly non-stop flight service.
  • December 1, 2016: Mexico City, Mexico – Aeromexico increases weekly flights from 14 to 20.
  • December 20, 2016: Nanjing, China – China Eastern Airlines to begin three times weekly non-stop flight service.
  • December 30, 2016: Hangzhou, China via Qingdao, China – Beijing Capital Airlines to begin three times weekly service.
  • February 5, 2017: Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas – Air Canada to begin daily service.
  • March 28, 2017: Hong Kong, China – Cathay Pacific increases weekly flights from 14 to 17.
  • May 1, 2017: Phoenix, Arizona – Air Canada to begin daily service.
  • May 18, 2017: Denver, Colorado – Air Canada to begin twice daily service.
  • June 1, 2017: Nagoya, Japan – Air Canada to begin seasonal three times weekly service.
  • June 1, 2017: Frankfurt, Germany – Air Canada to begin daily service.
  • June 8, 2017: Taipei, Taiwan – Air Canada to begin daily service.
  • June 8, 2017: London, UK (Gatwick Airport) – Air Canada to begin three times weekly service.
  • June 23, 2017: Boston, Massachusetts – Air Canada to begin daily summer seasonal service.
  • June 30, 2017: Hong Kong, China – Hong Kong Airlines to begin daily non-stop flight service.
  • October 14, 2017: Delhi, India – Air Canada’s service to be upgraded to up to five times weekly.
  • October 26, 2017: Cancun, Mexico – Interjet to begin year-round, non-stop flight service running four times weekly.
  • October 26, 2017: Mexico City, Mexico – Interjet to begin year-round, non-stop flight service running four times weekly.
  • October 29, 2017: Huatulco, Mexico – WestJet to begin weekly non-stop flight service.
  • October 29, 2017: Kona and Kauai, Hawaii – WestJet to start seasonal service earlier than usual.
  • December 1, 2017: Melbourne, Australia – Air Canada to begin four times weekly non-stop seasonal service.
  • December 15, 2017: Yellowknife, Northern Territories – Air Canada to begin daily non-stop service.
  • December 20, 2017: Orlando International Airport – Air Canada to begin twice weekly non-stop seasonal service.
  • January 1, 2018: Reykjavík, Iceland – Icelandair to upgrade existing seasonal service to three times weekly year-round service.
  • March 18, 2018: Mexico City, Mexico – WestJet launches three times weekly year-round service.
  • April 29, 2018: Mexico City, Mexico – WestJet service to be upgraded into daily year-round service.
  • May 4, 2018: Chicago O’Hare International Airport – American Airlines to begin year-round, daily service.
  • May 17, 2018: Sacramento International Airport – Air Canada to begin year-round, daily service.
  • June 1, 2018: Melbourne, Australia – Air Canada service to be upgraded into three times weekly year-round.
  • June 7, 2018: Zurich, Switzerland – Air Canada to begin three times weekly seasonal service.
  • June 8, 2018: Paris, France – Air Canada to begin four times weekly seasonal service.
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Kenneth Chan
National Features Editor at Daily Hive, the evolution of Vancity Buzz. He covers local architecture, urban issues, politics, business, retail, economic development, transportation and infrastructure, and the travel industry. Kenneth is also a Co-Founder of New Year's Eve Vancouver. Connect with him at kenneth[at]dailyhive.com

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