Flying time to California is about 6 hours from New York and 4½ hours from Chicago. Travel from London to either Los Angeles or San Francisco is 11 hours and from Sydney approximately 14. Flying between San Francisco and Los Angeles takes about 90 minutes.
California's gateways are Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), San Francisco International Airport (SFO), San Diego International Airport (SAN), Sacramento International Airport (SMF), and San Jose International Airport (SJC). Oakland International Airport (OAK) is another option in the Bay Area, and other Los Angeles airports include Long Beach (LGB), Bob Hope Airport (BUR), LA/Ontario (ONT), and John Wayne Airport (SNA).
Bob Hope Airport (Burbank, CA, 91505. 818/840–8840. www.burbankairport.com.)
John Wayne Airport (949/252–5200. www.ocair.com.)
LA/Ontario International Airport (909/937–2700. www.flyontario.com.)
Long Beach Airport (562/570–2600. www.lgb.org.)
Los Angeles International Airport (310/646–5252. www.lawa.org/lax.)
Oakland International Airport (510/563–3300. www.flyoakland.com.)
Sacramento International Airport (916/929–5411. www.sacramento.aero/smf.)
San Diego International Airport (619/400–2404. www.san.org.)
San Francisco International Airport (650/821–8211 or 800/435–9736. www.flysfo.com.)
San Jose International Airport (408/392–3600. www.flysanjose.com.)
United, with hubs in San Francisco and Los Angeles, has the greatest number of flights into and within California. But most national and many international airlines fly to the state. Southwest Airlines connects smaller cities within California, often from satellite airports near major cities.
Air Canada (888/247–2262. www.aircanada.com.)
Alaska Airlines/Horizon Air (800/252–7522. www.alaskaair.com.)
American Airlines (800/433–7300. www.aa.com.)
British Airways (800/247–9297. www.britishairways.com.)
Cathay Pacific (800/233–2742. www.cathaypacific.com.)
Delta Airlines (800/221–1212 for U.S. reservations; 800/241–4141 for international reservations. www.delta.com.)
Frontier Airlines (800/432–1359. www.flyfrontier.com.)
Japan Air Lines (800/525–3663. www.jal.com.)
JetBlue (800/538–2583. www.jetblue.com.)
Qantas (800/227–4500. www.qantas.com.au.)
Southwest Airlines (800/435–9792. www.southwest.com.)
Spirit Airlines (800/772–7117. www.spirit.com.)
United Airlines (800/864–8331 for U.S. reservations; 800/538–2929 for international reservations. www.united.com.)
US Airways (800/428–4322 for U.S. and Canada reservations; 800/622–1015 for international reservations. www.usairways.com.)
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