Los Angeles World Airports announced Friday that it will begin offering two daily departures from LAX to Stockton Metropolitan Airport through United Airlines.

“For the first time in nearly 30 years, Angelenos can fly non-stop to Stockton,” said Deborah Flint, chief executive officer of LAWA. “Thanks to this new route, we are more connected than ever to the Central Valley, making for a trip for fun, family or business just a short plane ride away.”

SkyWest Airlines, one of United’s Express partners, will operate the flight twice-daily as follows (all times local):

— LAX to SCK, Depart LAX at 1 p.m. and 5:10 p.m., arrive SCK at 2:22 p.m. and 6:32 p.m., respectively.

— SCK to LAX, Depart SCK at 7:41 a.m. and 3 p.m., arrive LAX at 9:10 a.m. and 4:20 p.m., respectively.

The plane used will be the Bombardier CRJ200. The flight schedule is intended to maximize connections to major cities in Central and Northern California, including Fresno, Sacramento, San Francisco, San Jose and Oakland, LAWA officials said.

Stockton is a relatively short drive to Silicon Valley, Sacramento and state landmarks such as Yosemite National Park and the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco.

“There is no doubt that Stockton is seeing great expansion, and as the airline that connects California, I am proud to see United create more economic development to the Central Valley,” said United California president Janet Lamkin, a Stockton native. “In connecting Stockton to Los Angeles, not only do we connect Stocktonians to the nation’s second-largest city, but we also open one-stop connection to nearly 70 destinations around the world that we serve from LAX.”

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