LONDON  Alaska Airlines will add a new nonstop service between Sacramento, California, and Kona on Hawaii’s Big Island. The airline currently offers services between Sacramento and Hawaii but to Maui.

The services are due to start on December 20 and will operate up to three times per week using one of the airline’s Boeing 737s.

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“We know our customers love Hawaii, even in sunny California. That’s a big reason we’re excited to add this new connection between Northern California and the Big Island,” said John Kirby, vice president of capacity planning and alliances at Alaska Airlines.

“This new route shows Alaska’s ongoing commitment to continued growth and investment throughout the West coast,” he said.

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From December 20 until January 5, the outbound flight will leave Sacramento at 12:15 in Kona at 16:20 on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. The return flight will depart Kona at 14:05 and arrive back into Sacramento at 21:30 on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.

“We’re pleased that Alaska Airlines is expanding its service to Hawaii from Sacramento. This new service to Kona marks our airport’s first scheduled service to the Big Island, and enhances the portfolio of nonstop service between Sacramento and the islands,” said Mark Haneke, manager of air service development and marketing for Sacramento International Airport.

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From January 6, the outbound will depart Sacramento at 11:30 local and arrive into Kona at 15:35 local on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. The inbound flight will depart Kona at 12:30 and arrive back into Sacramento at 19:55 on the same day.

Alaska currently averages around 29 daily departures to the Hawaiian Islands from destinations such as Los Angeles, Sacramento, San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose and Oakland.

This is yet again showing that Alaska’s presence into the Hawaiian market is doing well and that they do not seem to be backing down anytime soon regarding such an expansion.