Sacramento launches flights to Palm Springs, Santa Barbara. Here’s what it’ll cost you

Contour Airlines on Monday launched daily nonstop service from Sacramento to Palm Springs, with most early fares ranging from $160 to $250 one-way.

Flights leave Sacramento at 10:45 a.m. flights and return to Sacramento at 2:30 p.m. The seasonal flights will continue until May 14, 2020.

Contour Airlines also has launched a second daily nonstop to Santa Barbara. A few of those flight fares start at $99 one way. Contour, a Tennessee-based low-cost carrier, launched its initial Sacramento service in January with flights to Santa Barbara.

“We are thrilled to add new nonstop service to Palm Springs and a second daily nonstop to Santa Barbara,” said Cindy Nichol, Sacramento County Department of Airports director. “The addition of the flights to these two very popular destinations from Sacramento highlights the region’s demand for more intra-California service.”

Sacramento airport officials as well are promoting the capitol city as a good vacation spot for Palm Springs-area residents as well, offering access to the Napa Valley and Amador wine regions.

The new service reflects growing competition among mainstream and low-cost carriers on the West Coast, linking smaller communities.

Southwest recently announced daily flights from Sacramento to Hawaii, where it will compete with Hawaiian and Alaska airlines.

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Tony Bizjak has been reporting for The Bee for 30 years. He covers transportation, housing and development and previously was the paper’s City Hall beat reporter.