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United Airlines Announces Nonstop Service Between Fairbanks and San Francisco

October 29, 2018

United Airlines announced that they will add nonstop summer seasonal service between Fairbanks International Airport (FAI) and San Francisco International Airport (SFO) beginning summer of 2019. The service from SFO will operate Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday departing at 7:51 p.m. arriving in Fairbanks at 11:56 p.m. and will depart FAI Wednesday, Friday and Sunday at 12:47 a.m. arriving in San Francisco at 6:42 a.m. The route will begin June 6 and operate through Aug.18, 2019.

The U.S. Department of Transportation announced Fairbanks as a recipient of the Small Community Air Service Development Program (SCASDP) grant in July. Fairbanks was awarded $750,000 to help improve air service in which the grant will be used as a revenue guarantee and marketing initiatives for new nonstop service to SFO.

“We look forward to working with United, tourism businesses and the community of Fairbanks to make these flights successful,” said Deb Hickok, president and CEO of Explore Fairbanks. “This schedule combined with already-existing flights should result in increased visitation to Interior Alaska this summer.”

FAI and Explore Fairbanks worked collaboratively with community partners to establish public-private partnerships with many local businesses to help secure the SCASDP grant.

“San Francisco is one of our largest unserved west coast markets” said Angie Spear, Acting Airport Manager. “United’s decision to expand their summer seasonal service to serve that market is filling a demand our community needs.”

“This new service connecting to Fairbanks will bring thousands of tourists from all over the Lower 48 to experience Alaska’s natural beauty next summer, and will connect Alaskans to the world through our San Francisco hub” said Janet Lamkin, United President of California. “We look forward to working with our partners in Fairbanks to ensure these flights are a success.”