Strangely, United Airlines seems to think there's a market for ferrying people quickly, by air, on the very brief journey from SFO to Sonoma County maybe wine country tourists who disdain cars? and starting June 8 they're going to be adding three daily non-stops (ha!) from SFO to Santa Rosa, as NBC Bay Area is reporting.
It's part of a push for summer travelers that the airline just announced, including 31 new destinations. Among the new routes from SFO will be two daily non-stops to Spokane, and daily non-stops to New Orleans, Detroit, and Kalispell, Montana.
Also in the mix is a new daily non-stop to Munich from SFO, leaving at 2:05 p.m.
The Sonoma Index-Tribune notes that United used to provide this shuttle service 16 years back, and that residents will be glad for its return, since it means that wine country locals won't have to drive all the way to San Francisco and park down here if they're traveling domestically or internationally. And apparently Sonoma residents have been pushing for non-stop service from Santa Rosa to Denver.
There won't be much time for beverage service on the SFO-Santa Rosa flight, though, since it's a mere 50 miles and seems likely to be about 20 minutes or less in the air. Maybe like 15 tops.
But perhaps this is a sign that traffic up the 101 has become so shitty that well off commuters would rather pay to fly?