Commuter flights begin between Sacramento and Visalia

A small commuter airline begins flying between Sacramento and Visalia starting today.

SeaPort Airlines will fly from Sacramento International Airport to Visalia, Tulare County, located mid-way between Fresno and Bakersfield. Seaport passengers check in at ticket island 3 between Hawaiian Airlines and AeroMexico on the second level of Terminal B.

The 12-times a week non-stop 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 9-seat Cessna Caravan turboprop airplanes during the nearly 90-minute flights between Sacramento and Visalia, a town of about 130,000 residents. It would take nearly three hours and 30 minutes to drive from Sacramento to Visalia on Highway 99.

The Portland-based commuter airline is offering a special $39 each way fare. Passengers can book at the airline website.

Call The Bee’s Bill Lindelof, (916) 321-1079.