Sacramento airport launches new nonstop flight Thursday to this international city

Sacramento travelers have been able to head south of the border nonstop for several years out of the capital city airport. Now they get to fly north.

Air Canada on Thursday will launch daily nonstop flights to Vancouver, British Columbia. The flights mark Air Canada's return to Sacramento International Airport after a decade away and continue a string of flight announcements to new cities for the fast-growing local airport.

Air Canada is the third international airline to serve Sacramento, joining Volaris and Aeromexico, each of which offers flights to Mexico. Southwest and Alaska Airlines also offer nonstop service to Cabo San Lucas.

The Canadian airline will offer one flight in each direction daily out of Terminal A. Flyers will go through customs in Vancouver. Flight length is about two hours and 15 minutes.

The Vancouver flights will open up connections for Sacramento travelers to Asia, Europe and other Canadian cities.

“Vancouver is a popular business and leisure destination that has been on our wish list for some time,” former airport executive John Wheat said last year.

Sacramento airport marketing head Mark Haneke credited the strength of Sacramento’s regional economy and the expansion of Vancouver as an international hub for bringing the airline back to Sacramento.

Earlier this month, Frontier Airlines announced it is returning to Sacramento International Airport after a five-year absence with flights to Las Vegas and Denver starting late this summer, lining it up to compete with Southwest Airlines between the capital city and the nation's top gambling destination.

Sacramento airport officials have been pushing to land a low-cost carrier for nonstop flights to Europe as well.

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