Santa Barbara Airport welcomes new LCC routes

Santa Barbara Airport has welcomed a new link with Minneapolis/St.Paul International Airport, Minnesota from Sun Country Airlines.

The service began on 16 August and the airline will operate the three and a half hour flight on Thursdays and Sundays. The route will be operated with a Boeing 737-700 with capacity for 126 passengers.

“The low cost direct flight option to MSP opens up significant travel opportunities for our outbound travellers,” said Hazel Johns, Santa Barbara 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.”

Visit Santa Barbara is promoting the new service within the Minneapolis/St.Paul region and is encouraging residents there to take advantage of the experiences Santa Barbara has to offer.

The airport said: “Direct service from this major Midwest hub will play a part in the robust recovery of the tourism industry in Santa Barbara.”

The airport has also announced that ultra-low-fare carrier Frontier Airlines will commence direct service to Denver, Colorado from the airport on 21 August.

Frontier Airlines will operate the two-and-a-half hour flight with an A320 aircraft on Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Johns commented: “Denver has proven to be a popular destination from SBA, with passenger loads steadily increasing year over year.”

“Added carriers and flight options help to keep pricing competitive for our outbound travellers, underscoring the ease and convenience of using SBA as the departure airport of choice,” she added.

The airport’s passenger figures have shown a steady rise over the last two years, with a 16% increase in June 2018 over June 2017.

Image: Santa Barbara Airport director Hazel Johns welcomes Minnesota passengers.

Written by: Kimberley Young

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