SMF Reset: 10 million passengers needs a full service airport hotel

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If you flew into Sacramento International Airport monday night and needed a hotel room you soon discovered there weren’t any hotel rooms available within a six mile radius of the hotel.

This isn’t uncommon. There are nearly 1300 rooms south of the Airport.  Many of those hotels  are full Monday through Thursday. Nationally the average occupancy is 68%  Year to date occupancy at some of the Natomas area hotels is as high as 83%. The average weekday rate in Natomas is $169.

Hotels north of the airport in Woodland are often full during the week.  The new Fairfield Inn in Woodland (15 minutes north of the airport)  report they often sold out on Mondays and Tuesdays.

Currently there isn’t a hotel at Sacramento International. The Host hotel was demolished in 2008, make way for Terminal B.

In 2015, a southern California developer Sonnenblick planned to build 150 room Hyatt Place hotel near Terminal B.  Sacramento County was recently advised the developer was no longer available to fund the project.

Perhaps its time for the County to hit reset button

The Hyatt Place with 150 rooms and 3000 square feet of meeting space was too small for the airport.  A larger hotel is needed. The reality, no major chain is lining up to build a hotel at the airport.

A 300 to 400 room hotel,with a minimum of 22,000 square feet of meeting space might serve as an catalyst for the airport to attract new airlines.  No California Airport, (Lax, San Diego or Bay Area Airports currently have a hotel on site.

There are few rooms available near the airport to house airline crews.  For years, airline crews stayed at the Doubletree and Red Lion hotels near Arden Fair.  As airline traffic increases, the need for more hotel rooms also increases.  In this marketplace a large or medium hotel isn’t likely to happen without a subsidy from the City/County.

Passenger volume is up at Sacramento International. This year several new routes are planned including six new non stop flights to the East Coast. With American,United, Alaska and Southwest adding flights.

Sacramento is the largest airport in the valley, however there are still locals making the trek to Bay Area Airports .  Sacramento it will have to be creative to compete with the Bay Area Airports.  Sacramento economy is growing.  Last year, more than 10 million passengers airport and the forecast is that growth will continue through 2018, perhaps a reset is needed.