By an edhat reader
Is the Santa Barbara Airport closed? I didn't hear a plane at all on Wednesday.
Airport is open.
My family just flew in from the west coast to visit me in the south on Wednesday. First leg of the flight, 47 people on a widebody including two pilots and cabin crew. Plenty of social distancing. Second leg, 7 passengers on a crj with 120 seats. One family sat in first class, my family had coach all to themselves.
I have seen planes and heard planes everyday this week. so no I think they are open. but no one flying so the flights are slim to none. And now that i think about it. I have only been seeing private small planes.
Over last weekend a friend's granddaughter flew home to Sacramento from San Diego. When she flew back to San Diego on Sunday there were only 8 passengers; she said social distancing was no problem.
FLICKA! Glad to "see" you here again! :)
The airport is open. Commercial flights have been reduced to a very low level. (Airline's decision, not the airport mgmt) You don't have to prove you're "essential" to travel, you just need a ticket. Private aircraft fly in/out with no restrictions.
We should all enjoy this blissfully quiet time. Less airplanes means more peace and quiet. Ah-h-h-h-h.
And a lot less pollution. We don't miss the planes.
They are open for essential travel
For screening purposes, they will probably ask what their work is
Yeah, but do they ask for ID to prove they're doctors or otherwise on an essential travel? How to they determine who is traveling for an essential purpose?
Like if they are essential like doctors. They will cancel flights if not enough people are aboard
PUG - my question is how do they know whether the person's travel is essential? Seriously just curious, not trying to debate.
If we're closing schools, parks, etc, then for sure air travel should cease. It is 100% impossible to fly in a plane with others and practice social distancing. If you need to travel home, you should already be there. For those that absolutely need to travel, there should be maybe 1 flight a day or something other than continuing with air travel as usual.
PUINSAI - I agree, limit travel to essential only. However, therein lies a serious problem. How do we determine if someone's travel is essential? Maybe at the ticket purchasing phase? Require proof that the city to which they're flying is their home? Require a sworn statement? Could be really difficult to restrict travel, but it seems like we need to. How many more events/activities/businesses are we going to cancel or shut down before we limit the ingress and egress of people into our community?
Sac- I agree. If we are serious about flattening the curve and shutting down parks and all public establishments, how is it possible that airports are open?
If you read the SBA website you'll see that total passengers flowing through the terminal is less than 200 per day. The average flight holds 78-150+ seats depending on the aircraft and I highly doubt we have that many people traveling on one plane. There is plenty of room to spread out plus what ever seating rules the airlines have since setup. Is it ideal? No. Should we limit flights to essential travel only? Yes.
PUINSAI - I don't know, just spitballing... Why so many people disagreeing with closing the airport/limiting flights? I mean, we're taking off basketball nets, closing parks, beaches, schools and everything else, so why on earth are we not doing anything about jamming 10-100+ people into a small space within inches of each other to fly from city to city spreading the virus??? Answer me that, Mr. Cat!
One flight to where?
If you type in Santa Barbara Airport there is a plethora of info there. Hopefully they're open as 6 of the remaining flights today are still scheduled.
You can hit this link to FlightAware to see all traffic in and out summarized.
Looks like a small number of commercial flights still coming and going, and a slightly larger amount of private traffic.