Jan Brueckner, an economics professor at UC Irvine and aviation expert, said Sacramento has a tough case to make for major international nonstop service... “My guess is that Sacramento can’t support an Asian flight, given that San Francisco is so close,” Brueckner said, noting the high frequency of scheduled flights at the Northern California hub. But he added, “They can gamble because airplanes are highly mobile things. All you need is a ticket counter and gate. It’s easy to pull out.”

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