Alaska Airlines launched flights between Sacramento and Kona on 20 December, with the Californian airport celebrating the new connection with this fabulous Hawaiian-styled cake. The airline, which faces no direct competition on the 3,914-kilometre sector, will serve the airport pair three times weekly using its fleet of 737-800s.
- Alaska Airlines commenced flights between Sacramento (SMF) and Kona (KOA) on 20 December, with this becoming the airline’s second link to Hawaii from the Californian airport after Kahului. While the latter route is flown daily this winter, the carrier will offer a three times weekly service on its new connection between Sacramento and Kona, offering departures on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. The carrier will operate the 3,914-kilometre sector using its fleet of 737-800s based on OAG schedules, with no other airline presently linking the two US cities. During the first nine months of 2018, Sacramento Airport handled just under 9.95 million passengers, up by nearly 11% versus the 8.99 million passengers that it handled during the same period of 2017. Of the 9.95 million passengers using the airport between January and October this year, 641,555 flew on Alaska Airlines services, based on data published by the airport, with this up 13% versus the 569,832 that the carrier transported during the first three-quarter period of the previous year.