Air Travel

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Air Travel

Flying time to California is about 5½ hours from New York and 4 hours from Chicago. Travel from London to either Los Angeles or San Francisco is 11 hours and from Sydney approximately 15. Flying between San Francisco and Los Angeles takes about 90 minutes.


Southern California's gateways are Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and San Diego International Airport (SAN), as well as the smaller Long Beach (LGB), Bob Hope Airport (BUR), LA/Ontario (ONT), and John Wayne Airport (SNA).

Northern California’s gateways are San Francisco International Airport (SFO), Oakland International Airport (OAK), Sacramento International Airport (SMF), and San Jose International Airport (SJC).

Airport Information

Bob Hope Airport. Burbank, California, 91505. 818/840–8840;

John Wayne Airport. 949/252–5200;

LA/Ontario International Airport. 909/937–2700;

Long Beach Airport. 562/570–2600;

Los Angeles International Airport. 310/646–5252;

San Diego International Airport. 619/400–2404;

Oakland International Airport. 510/563–3300;

Sacramento International Airport. 916/929–5411;

San Francisco International Airport. 650/821–8211; 800/435–9736;

San Jose International Airport. 408/392–3600;


With hubs in San Francisco and Los Angeles, United has the greatest number of flights into and within California. But most national and many international airlines fly to the state. Southwest Airlines and United Airlines connect smaller cities within California, often from satellite airports near major cities.

Airline Contacts

Air Canada. California. 888/247–2262;

Alaska Airlines/Horizon Air. 800/252–7522;

American Airlines. 800/433–7300;

British Airways. 800/247–9297;

Cathay Pacific. 800/233–2742;

Delta Airlines. 800/221–1212; 800/241–4141;

Frontier Airlines. 800/432–1359;

Japan Air Lines. 800/525–3663;

JetBlue. 800/538–2583;

Qantas. 800/227–4500;

Southwest Airlines. 800/435–9792;

Spirit Airlines. 801/401–2200;

United Airlines. 800/864–8331; 800/538–2929;

US Airways. 800/428–4322; 800/622–1015;


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