Santa Barbara Airport Announces Two New Carriers in Two Days

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In a surprise announcement, Sun Country Airlines announced today that it will begin service from Santa Barbara to Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport (MSP) on August 16, 2018.  This comes only one day after Frontier Airlines announced its entrance to Santa Barbara with service to Denver International Airport (DEN) on August 21.  Like Frontier, Sun Country is known as an Ultra-Low Cost Carrier (ULCC) offering a smorgasbord of ‘pay as you use’ amenities. 

“As Santa Barbara’s tourism industry works to bring back visitors, the addition of direct service from Minneapolis is a welcome surprise,” said Airport Director Hazel Johns.  The service will run seasonally two days a week, Thursdays and Sundays.  For Santa Barbara residents, a connection to the nation’s 17th largest international airport with numerous East Coast and even international destinations becomes one more affordable and convenient option.


Santa Barbara Airport served 711,000 passengers in 2017 and is the 13th largest airport in California. SBA’s architecturally-praised and LEED certified new airline terminal opened in 2011 and features state-of-the-art amenities and efficient passenger security screening. The airport is served by Alaska Airlines, American Airlines and United Airlines with 21 daily departures to seven non-stop destinations – Dallas, Denver, Los Angeles, Phoenix, Portland, San Francisco and Seattle. The airport resides on the site of a former World War II Marine Air Station, next to the Pacific Ocean and the University of California at Santa Barbara, and is conveniently located just 7 miles west of downtown Santa Barbara.  SBA is a self-sustaining enterprise operated by the City of Santa Barbara.

 

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sbtraveler May 03, 2018 10:34 AM
Santa Barbara Airport Announces Two New Carriers in Two Days

sun country is the airline that made the news stranding passengers in mexico in april......between Frontier(3 flights a week) and Sun Country(2 flights a week) that is not much help to our community. I agree that reinstating Delta's service to Salt Lake would be way more useful. What's next? Allegiant!? the airport authority is desperate for revenue....but santa Barbara needs something more than these 2 third-tier carriers

surf & sand May 03, 2018 02:50 PM
Santa Barbara Airport Announces Two New Carriers in Two Days

RE: Salt Lake City flights Looks like we enjoy the same Powder and relaxing flights out of SB. Easy way to let Hazel Johns know we want Delta or any SBA-SLC direct flights back in our fair city by the sea! Send her a quick email re: SBA - SLC direct flights HJohns@SantaBarbaraCA.Gov.

a-1566426090 May 03, 2018 10:19 AM
Santa Barbara Airport Announces Two New Carriers in Two Days

Actually, you can totally do that in Mammoth. I leave around 4am, get to Mammoth by 10am and can be on the mountain before noon. Then, you have Saturday and Sunday and a late drive home Sunday. It's not that hard. I know a guy that will drive up for one day just for powder - that's commitment!

a-1566426090 May 03, 2018 09:58 AM
Santa Barbara Airport Announces Two New Carriers in Two Days

Fly to SLC on Friday morning, ski Friday afternoon, all day Saturday, all day Sunday, fly home late Sunday. Try that driving to Mammoth. SBA/SLC tickets used to be less than $300 RT on Delta with some notice, on sale occasionally for $200.

surf & sand May 03, 2018 09:00 AM
Santa Barbara Airport Announces Two New Carriers in Two Days

Snow skiing! Any SBA direct to a ski destination would be better than driving to LAX and paying them our local $'s. Also not to mention With over 900 flights per day and access to 93 cities, SLC makes a wonderful connection.

surf & sand May 03, 2018 08:33 AM
Santa Barbara Airport Announces Two New Carriers in Two Days

Let's get Salt Lake City back! SBA carries 660,000 passengers annually and we the people want SLC direct flights! Call Hazel Johns, our airport admin and ask her why she charges so much that airlines won't service SBA! We miss our always full Delta flights to SLC and I know we are not the only ones! Call Hazel at 967-7111 and leave her a message to give us SLC FLIGHTS!

surf & sand May 03, 2018 08:28 AM
Santa Barbara Airport Announces Two New Carriers in Two Days

Amen to that. Call write or email Airport admin HAZEL JOHNS or new guy AARON KELLER to request a Salt Lake City flight. It was always full and we really miss it. Call and leave a message at 967-7111 " We want SLC back"

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