MADISON, Wis. - A new nonstop flight will start flying daily from Madison to San Francisco in June, county and airport officials announced Monday.
Starting June 7, flights will leave Madison daily at 3:11 p.m., according to a release. Tickets went on sale Saturday for the first flights.
“Thank you to United Airlines for their continued support of the Dane County region,” Dane County Executive Joe Parisi said in the release. “Not only will this flight serve tourists headed to California, but it will also provide a vital connection between high-tech Silicon Valley and south-central Wisconsin’s growing tech industry.”
This is the first daily service from Madison to the West Coast, officials said.
“After many years of consultation with United, our persistence and patience is rewarded with nonstop service to a major United hub at the world class destination of San Francisco,” said Airport Director Bradley Livingston. “This is a very significant development for the state of Wisconsin because Dane County Regional Airport will now have direct access to venture capital and tech business and talent in the Bay area.”
According to a release from the Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce, adding this flight was a key component of the chamber’s Access Agenda, a two-year policy road map at the local, state and federal levels.
“This new nonstop flight is more than a transit connection; it is an economic connection between the global tech capital and the world-class innovation hub right here in Greater Madison,” Chamber President Zach Brandon said. “More and more, Greater Madison is being recognized as a national leader in technology and entrepreneurial growth, and this direct flight will only fuel that momentum.”
Brandon said being connected to Silicon Valley investors increases the likelihood of startups being funded.
“Having this convenient access to San Francisco and Silicon Valley is exciting news for our entrepreneurial ecosystem and efforts to attract new investment and recruit world-class talent,” Brandon said.
Once the flights start, Madison will be the smallest city east of the Mississippi and the second-smallest city east of the Rocky Mountains to have nonstop flights to San Francisco, officials with the Wisconsin Technology Council said.
“The growth of the tech sector and the economy in general in Wisconsin means its airports should not be ‘two-stop’ destinations for most business travelers,” Tech Council President Tom Still said in the release.
Epic spokesperson Meghan Roh said the company was excited about the decision to add a direct flight to San Francisco.
"It not only brings increased opportunities for us to support our current and future Northern California customers, but also helps grow an important relationship between the Bay Area and Madison’s tech community," Roh said.
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