Sacramento and Austin, Texas, have long been linked as like-minded cities with solid food and music scenes. Starting Sunday, they will be linked by a direct air connection.
As part of a major service expansion, Southwest Airlines will launch daily nonstop service for the first time between the two cities this weekend. The airline also will open daily nonstop service from Sacramento to St. Louis on Sunday.
Several other new routes from Sacramento will launch in the next few months:
- JetBlue will start seasonal service to Boston on May 3.
- Southwest will add daily service to Orlando on May 6.
- Air Canada will begin daily service to Vancouver on May 17.
- And Alaska Airlines will add seasonal flights to Cabo San Lucas between May 26 and Aug. 11, then again between Nov. 10 and Dec. 29.
Southwest also launched new flights to Cabo and New Orleans in March.
Airport officials say increased service should bump passengers levels to an all-time high this year of 11.5 million fliers, the second year in a row the airport will have seen record numbers of fliers.