Fliers from Sacramento International Airport got a double dose of new flight destinations this week, both in-state and a hop across the country.
JetBlue announced Wednesday that it is adding nonstop flights between Sacramento and Boston, starting June 18. The summer-season flights will operate Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays.
It is the first time Boston has been available as a nonstop from Sacramento International Airport. Tickets went on sale Wednesday.
“We have been trying to get nonstop service to Boston for many years and are thrilled that JetBlue has decided to invest resources in this route,” said John Wheat, Sacramento County director of airports.
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The flights to Boston depart at 9:40 p.m. from Sacramento International Airport. The airline is offering discounts for flights booked through Thursday, including $149 one-way tickets from Sacramento for travel between Aug. 15 and Sept. 2.
The Sacramento-Boston flights are seasonal, running through Sept. 7.
Within California, a small commuter airline started flying Monday between Sacramento and Visalia.
Portland-based SeaPort Airlines will have 12 nonstop flights a week between Sacramento International Airport and Visalia, located off Highway 99 between Fresno and Bakersfield.
The flights are part of the Essential Air Service program administered by the federal Department of Transportation. The EAS program provides subsidized service connecting small communities with hub airports.
Customers will fly on nine-seat Cessna Caravan turboprop airplanes during the nearly 90-minute flights. By comparison, driving between Visalia and Sacramento takes roughly 3.5 hours on Highway 99.
The commuter airline is offering special one-way fares of $39 at www.seaportair.com.
Call The Bee’s Bill Lindelof, (916) 321-1079.