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Friday, January 15, 2016 at 8:32 AM - For Immediate Release

American Airlines to Offer New Nonstop Service to Chicago in June

SACRAMENTO – American Airlines will begin new nonstop service between Sacramento (SMF) and Chicago/O’Hare International (ORD) starting June 2, airport officials have announced. American Airlines will reintroduce two daily nonstop flights for the peak summer season, with daily nonstop service continuing on a year-round basis beginning in mid-August. American Airlines last served the SMF-ORD nonstop market in summer 2004.

This service enhancement will provide Sacramento International Airport passengers with a choice of six daily nonstop flights to and from the Windy City, with flight times spread throughout the day. In addition to American’s service to O’Hare International, United Airlines also flies nonstop to ORD and Southwest offers nonstop service to Chicago – Midway International Airport (MDW). 

With American’s new service, nonstop seat capacity between the two cities will be up 33 percent over the summer of 2015.

Passengers can book flights on the new service beginning the afternoon of Jan. 16.

American’s new Chicago service comes in addition to existing nonstop service between Sacramento and Dallas/Ft. Worth, Los Angeles and Phoenix and seasonal nonstop service to Charlotte.

Flight schedule is as follows. All times subject to change.

June 2 – August:

Origin   Dest                      Dptr      Arvl     Aircraft

ORD      SMF                     9:55a    12:33p   738

                                           8:10p    10:48p   738

SMF      ORD                      1:20p    7:25p    738

                                           11:59p   6:04a    738

Non-Summer Schedule

Origin   Dest                    Dptr      Arvl       Aircraft

ORD      SMF                    5:15p    7:45p     738

SMF      ORD                    8:10a    2:10p     738

“Chicago/O’Hare is an important global hub airport for both American Airlines and United Airlines. The addition of this service by American Airlines is a testament to traffic growth in our market and a commitment by the carriers serving Sacramento International Airport to strengthen connections between Sacramento and important east coast and international destinations,” said Director of Airports John Wheat.

The Sacramento County Department of Airports is responsible for planning, developing, operating and maintaining the county’s four airports: Sacramento International Airport, Executive Airport, Mather Airport and Franklin Field. Sacramento International Airport offers more than 155 daily nonstop flights on 12 domestic and international carriers to 36 destinations. The regional economic impact of the Sacramento County Department of Airports is more than $4 billion annually. For more information, visit