Direct Flights to Minneapolis/St. Paul Commence
Source: Santa Barbara Airport
[On Monday], Santa Barbara Airport (SBA) announces Sun Country Airlines will begin Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota service from the “depart differently” airport starting on August 16, 2018. Booking is available now with roundtrip fares currently starting at $196.
Sun Country Airlines will operate the three-and-a-half-hour flight on Thursdays and Sundays. The route will be served by a Boeing 737-700 with capacity for 126 passengers.
Thursday - Sun Country Flight Schedule
Depart SBA 9:55am PST arrive MSP 3:25pm CST
Depart MSP 7:05am CST arrive SBA 9:05am PST
Sunday - Sun Country Flight Schedule
Depart SBA 5:50pm PST arrive MSP 11:20pm CST
Depart MSP 2:55pm CST arrive SBA 4:55pm PST
Visit Santa Barbara is promoting the new service within the Minneapolis/St. Paul region and is encouraging residents there to take advantage of the many unique experiences that Santa Barbara has to offer. Direct service from this major Midwest hub will play a part in the robust recovery of the tourism industry in Santa Barbara.
“The low cost direct flight option to MSP opens up significant travel opportunities for our outbound travelers,” noted Hazel Johns, airport director. “Not only does Minneapolis offer a vibrant and dynamic destination in its own right, Sun Country Airlines’ service offers Santa Barbara residents great one-stop, low fare options to New York and Boston.”
Currently, outbound travelers from SBA can travel with one stop through MSP to John F. Kennedy Airport in New York (JFK) for $507/roundtrip or to Boston (BOS) for $333/roundtrip.
Sun Country Airlines’ new direct flight service underscores SBA’s passenger growth trajectory over the last two years, with a 16% passenger count increase in June 2018 over June 2017.
Following the inaugural Sun County Flight from Minneapolis/St. Paul, approximately 106 passengers were greeted by the Airport Director and staff with swag bags.