Santa Barbara, California. – Southwest Airlines has announced the destinations they will exit from Santa Barbara Airport, including several daily flights to Las Vegas.
Southwest will begin service on April 12, 2021 from the SBA. The initial schedule includes three daily departures to Las Vegas, one daily flight to Denver and one daily flight to Oakland.
“Obviously all of the strong markets are in themselves, but they are also major connecting points within the Southwest network,” said airport spokeswoman Dianna Zakrison, now another 50 southwest through new connections to Santa Barbara travelers There will be access to destinations.
Airport director Henry Thompson said in a statement, “We know we’ve been a lucrative market for the Southwest, but it shook the industry as a result of the COVID-19 epidemic to enter the industry . ” . “Whatever the reason, it is our region that stands for profit.”
It is a popular airline for the Southwest network and notoriety for low fares and no baggage fees.
“They have such a large, loyal customer base,” Zachrisson said. “And that’s one of the reasons we followed them for so long.”
Airport staff and other local organizations have hired the airline for at least five years.
Visit the travel group Santa Barbara has been actively involved in those conversations. The organization is now organizing $ 250,000 to support the new flights, including a marketing campaign to attract visitors to each of the new cities in the southwest.
Once leisure travel is considered safe once again, the new airlines can help spur a significant rebound for Santa Barbara’s hospitality industry and the broader economy.
“Obviously it’s important to our important tourism industry, to the industry of meetings and conferences,” said Kathy Genga-Dykes, president and chief executive of Visiting Santa Barbara. “The easier it is for people to get here, the more likely they are to consider a trip, and of course, be a repeat visitor.
“We also know that air travelers stay in this area longer than those arriving by car or train. They spend more money in our community… and the epidemic has certainly illuminated how essential tourism is to our local community. “
Southwest flies with Boeing 737-700 and 737-800 aircraft to all its destinations and will do so from Santa Barbara.
New flights can currently be booked on the Southwest website. Introductory fares start as low as $ 39 a way to Las Vegas.